View Full Version : 7 year old with terrible headaches on Focalin

07-22-09, 09:06 PM
Does anyone have experience with headaches and Focalin xr? The medicine worked wonders for my 7 year old for about a month, but he started having "headache" episodes and became very angry. We got scared and and switched him to Vyvance, but that does not seem any better.

I'm just wondering if anyone has kids that were able to "work through" the headaches on Focalin?


07-23-09, 02:01 PM
I am sorry to hear this. My son has just started Focalin XR, no headaches...yet. When he had the headaches, did you treat with motrin or tylenol? Did it help at all?

I am thinking we are going to switch to Concerta anyway. I am not liking the abrupt "come down" from the focalin.


07-24-09, 05:06 PM
I bet the headaches are likely just dehydration. Make sure he's getting plenty to drink because stimulants + being 7 can cause quite severe dehydration --> headaches.