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What is your experience with Concerta on children?

Hello, my 6 yr old has just been perscribed concerta for what we think is a mild form of ADD (the pediatrician recommended leaving it another year before serious testing be done) Does anyone have any experience with Concerta? Thanks, I would really appreciate any feed back.

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Concerta on children, some children had mood swings on Concerta and was changed to Strattera. A lot of kids do fine on Concerta, though. Just make sure your doctor is competent in this area of medicine, and report any problems immediately. If you are dealing with a pediatrician, I would suggest that you find a psychiatrist who specializes in dealing with add in young kids.

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Hi Everyone,
first of all I have to say thanks for all your imput. I realized I had neglected some information... my son has been tested my LAUSD and falls "within their range" of not needing help (scoring benchmark or above on tests) yes so they are unwilling to take this further. All 4 teachers we have been through have all noticed a focusing problem within 2 days of having our son in their class so after answering a lot of questions at our doctors office (myself and the teacher) we decided to give concerta a try. All your feedback has really helped and I am now on the look out for any side effects and problems this may cause. Thanks again!

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I've had very good response with children diagnosed with Autism and Sensory Processing Disorder, and several of my colleagues have dealt successfully with ADD. www.AllergiCare-OC.com

Before medicating my child, I would want to have a psychologist perform a psychoeducational assessment to evaluate for ADHD as well as learning disorders. (These two disorders often go hand in hand.) Psychologists are not only highly trained in diagnosing learning disorders and ADHD, but are also highly training in examining other potential reasons why children might be exhibiting ADHD-like behaviors, including emotional or environmental factors that might be contributing.

My daugther took Concerta for ADD, starting when she was 8 years old. It had IMMEDIATE results with her focus. The side affects were: loss of appetite, and at times difficulty falling asleep at night. It was well worth the side affects for her increase in ability to focus on all aspects of her life. After 2 years, we switched to Adderall because she was having significant trouble falling asleep (up until 2am!). Her doctor said that as kids get older, they metabolize drugs differently, and as they approach puberty they metabolize drugs differently, so her doctor wasn't suprised that a change in meds was needed. Good luck to you.

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Hi L.!

I've seen other parents suggest further testing but the truth is that there is NO appropriate testing for psychiatric drugs of any kind. The "tests" are forms of observation. Would you take a drug after you were observed to have cancer or diabetes, etc.? No, you need blood tests, xrays, MRIs, etc. Yet there is no physical testing for ADD/ADHD. The reason is that drugs are not the answer. They may temporarily help but they come with a host of side effects - many told by the other Mommies on this board - and they don't actually handle the CAUSE of why a child won't sit still and pay attention. The body doesn't have a "Concerta deficiency". Some other Mommies have suggested nutritional handlings which I think are excellent. You may also want to make sure that the education is appropriate to your child. You may be sending him to an excellent school but maybe he needs to learn differently or needs some minor adjustment in the way he learns. I wish you the best of luck!!!

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Hi L.;
I don't have experience with Concerta, but have learned that resolving certain nutrition and digestion problems can relieve ADD symptoms. There are homeopathic remedies as well. As a Wellness Consultant I recommend Lactoferrin Gold, Jade Greenzymes and our Immunity Complex - all of which my 7 year old takes and is very healthy.
Best wishes for you and your family,

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Although you have been warned to NOT pay attention to the food dyes and toxins I would suggest you test it out for yourself and your son. I am the kind of mom that felt anything in moderation but after getting a diagnosis of Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) which has a lot of commonality with ADHD. The occupation therapist said that some kids react well with taking out Red Dyes, especially Red Dye 40. I tried the Dye-free Benadryl with him and he slept for the first time instead of getting extra hyper. That sealed it in my mind and I have diligently kept him from red dye 40. He had surgery and they gave him a dose of Tylenol with Codeine and his reaction went from sleepy child to a wild child. The nurse asked what happened. I researched it and found that it contains red dye 33. The difference is quite obvious. Research and see what can be affecting him neurologically for yourself and make the best mama decision for you and your son. I already know you are a great mama cuz you are asking here!

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Concerta is time-released Ritalin and has many side effects
Try to find out what are causing his symptoms. Could he have high levels of lead or mercury? Are you feeding him food that has artificial coloring? My twins had ADHD growing up and
I healed them naturally.
D. Merlin

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I agree with Sherry A. Please do some further testing before starting meds. Also, make sure your child is eating good foods. No processed foods, No juices or foods that contain HFCS or MSG, No sugary cereals, etc. Also, many cleaning products contain chemicals that can have an affect on the central nervous system, especially small children who are more susceptible, causing behavioral problems.


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Ouch! Not a good thing for a little one to have over him already. I know nothing about Concerta, but I do know that there is a direct link between your environment, and the toxins in it, and problems like ADD. Did you know that the bleach and ammonia leak poisonous fumes into your environment. Even little things like toothpaste contains formaldehyde!

Melaleuca, the Wellness Company, sells products that are 100% free of these toxins. Using our products may not completely heal your son, but it surely will not hurt him and your other boys to be in a safer, toxic free environment. For more information, and to become a member, check out my website:


Best of luck with your son. I hope he, and your other sons, manage to escape the possible side-effects of ADD.

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L., I was wondering have you ever thought about researching homeopathic and natural remedies for your son instead of medicating him? Sugar, dyes, different food combinations and even toxins (in the environment and home) can truly make a difference in a child's behavior. But, please also remember that kids are ALIVE and have feelings and spirit and do not deserve to be labeled or medicated. I definitely know from personal experience psych medications do more harm than good and that, in fact, there are many natural solutions that can actually help with what your son is going through.

Please call the CITIZENS COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS (CCHR). Their # is: (323) 467~4242. And, here's their website: http://www.cchr.org/. They can definitely help you!

I also highly recommend contacting Dr. Anita Pepi who is truly an amazing Chiropractor and Nutritionist and would definitely be able to help your son naturally.

Here's her data:

2950 Los Feliz Blvd. Suite 101
Los Angeles, CA 90039
(323) 666~1088

If she is too far for you, please let me know as I may know of an incredible nutritionist that is closer to you.

In addition, I suggest taking your son to H.E.L.P. (The Hollywood Education and Literacy Project) located here in Hollywood. It is a free program, and what is amazing is that I've seen kids come into this program who have been labeled ADD/ ADHD and by learning the study technology they offer and getting their diet in order, magically their ADD/ ADHD symptoms disappear. REALLY! You can definitely call H.E.L.P. for a free tour.

Here's their data:

Hollywood Education Literacy Project International
6336 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood CA 90028

Ask for Amanda or Ann. They definitely will be able to help you and your son!

I'd also recommend checking out 5 organizations validating why going the natural route is best for you and your son:

You'll also find some amazing data regarding alternatives at: http://www.cchr.org/solutions_and_alternatives/

And, L., please watch:



Please free to contact me at: (323) 906~2784 or via e~mail me at ____@____.com.

I'd love to help you and your son however I can.

With love,
L. (MAMA to 13 month old Dylan Orion.......29 September 2007) : )))

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Hi L.,

I'm a teacher with over 20 years of experience, the last 8 in a special needs school where 90% of the students have been diagnosed with ADD/ADHD. All medications used to lessen the effects of ADD/ADHD have side effects. Difference medications and different doses work for different kids. Your son should be closely monitored while on any medication to make sure he's on the optimal dose-lowest possible medication for best output. I have seen Concerta work beautifully for some kids and be a nightmare for others.

However, I'm wondering why your pediatrician doesn't want an evaluation. At our school we won't take children on a pediatrician recommendation only. They have to have had a full evaluation and must be working with a psychiatrist or neurologist to be considered. The reason for this is pediatricians make their diagnoses of ADD/ADHD based on parental and teacher feedback. Other things could be causing the behaviors you and his teachers are seeing-diet, sleep habits, age and gender, being bored or overwhelmed at school... Before I would medicate my child with a drug, I would want as much information as possible. An evaluation is non-evasive.

I realize I'm not answering your question but I feel, based on my experience as a mother and a teacher with many years of working with ADD/ADHD students, that you should try other methods of "taming" your son's behavior before Concerta. And I would never medicate on the sole recommendation of my pediatrician.

Good luck to you!

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