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06-16-16, 05:23 PM
Hi Everyone! My 10 year old daughter was just diagnosed with ADHD yesterday and the doctor wants to start her out with adderall. What made me go to the doc in the 1st place is because I noticed that my daughter was having a really hard time focusing on her homework and school work in general.

She also plays volleyball and her coaches would make comments that she shows up for 20 minutes out of an hour practice because she's not focusing the rest of the time. So I'm worried about the side affects of adderall and addiction. Have any of you or your children taken adderall?

What is your experience with the medication? Do you recommend it? Has it helped you? I'm just so scared of starting a medication that's considered a narcotic and the affects it will have on my child. The doctor said that the only side effect I would worry about is eating and that the child would be able to stop the medication at any time without any issues.

Is that truly the case? I'd love to hear what experiences you've had and any advise is greatly appreciated. Thank you!

06-16-16, 07:41 PM
Whoa first welcome to the forums. Second you and I are pretty much neighbors:o:D:yes:!!!

I was too diagnosed at 10 and was also athletic as a child and currently as an adult.. I also take adderall IR to help my symtoms.

Adderall is not medically considered a narcotic. It is a schedule 2 drug but it is not classified as a narcotic, it is considered a stimulant.

With ADHD stimulants medication for me at least I don't get hyper or amped or stimulant type reactions. It does the exact opposite of for me, I can and find myself calmer and able to do tasks and function with the lack of my hyperactive news..I also at 10 was on Ritalin but I was too calm and I personally hated it as my mom said and I convinced her to take me off cause I wasn't me.. having said that I probably should have stayed on it as a child because my issues were never controlled and I ended up at the principals office way to often for disrupting the class..

Anyways, have you mentioned this concern to your child's doctor? Also, did they offer or recommend any coaching or non medicated treatment options to assist with medication?

Eating yes can be a challenge also I personally would have her try it when you are with her all day like a weekend day and monitor her symtoms bad behavior and track it write it down and compare it to a non-medicated day.

I understand your fear of medication, addiction and dependence are not the same thing and being dependent is not a bad thing either. It is when it is abused or disrupts a life for medication than it enters a problem... Also, they have non stimulant type medications available as well.. The beginning of this is a lot of trial and error and retries and dosages movement ext. but when it works it's wonderful,. Hang in there and hopefully your daughter can help her focus and attention better and enjoy her childhood as well

06-16-16, 11:57 PM
Thank you so much for your response. Our doctor seems to think that medication is our only route. We asked her about other options but she said they are a waste and don't work. Have you tried other options and was medication the best route for you? Thanks again!!

06-17-16, 01:37 AM
Thank you so much for your response. Our doctor seems to think that medication is our only route. We asked her about other options but she said they are a waste and don't work. Have you tried other options and was medication the best route for you? Thanks again!!

Sadly your doctor may not be very up to date on current ADHD treatment.. Sadly many are not... As for me as an adult I started seeking treatment. My doctor recommended along with medication to also get coaching as well.. However coaching was too expensive for myself to do, but I did find an alternative. I believe this is an option for kids but not 100% sure but I went to meetup website per the coaches recommendation and searched local meetups for ADHD and joined a weekly group that meets with this coach and weekly we learn tools and tips and offer support to help each other with our daily struggles.

06-17-16, 10:32 AM
It may be worthwhile getting a second opinion to explore all your treatment options, including different medications and therapies. In the meantime, keep track of your daughter's symptoms and report anything concerning to her current doctor. CHADD may be a resource to tap into to see if they have a local chapter in your area that could be of support or point you toward resources. They also have a directory on their site for finding an ADD specialist who may be better versed in the available treatment options.

06-17-16, 11:11 AM
Based on clinical research, medication is the first-line treatment for ADHD for a reason.

My sense is that doctor is informed as to the current state of best practice for treatment of ADHD.

Iím open to randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled repeat studies with decent N-sample sizes that would prove otherwise.

Until then, the idea that there are approaches with clinical efficacy at such a level so as to provide an alternative to medication is not an idea based in reality.


06-17-16, 03:49 PM
Thank you so much everyone!!

06-20-16, 09:06 AM
My son has tried 3 different medicines, Adderal XR being one of them. The only problem he had with the Adderal XR was the lack of an appetite, but it didn't help him. We still haven't found one that works for my son...Concerta cuts down the ADHD fog by about 20% but 80% fog is still too big to deal with.

My son plays high level baseball and I know what you mean about your daughter not really being at practice...I wish there was an easy fix but sadly it's a trial and error thing. I will say that if the average person takes Adderall it might hype them up, but for an ADHD kid it calms their brain down so you don't have to worry about her being hyped up on a narcotic, it doesn't work that way on those people that have ADHD.

06-22-16, 02:42 AM
Read my sticky- my son is 20 now and doing well. Ive taken stimulants for over 10 years and not had any issues.