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Old 03-27-17, 05:28 AM
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Re: Anxiety, rage and medication

Yes, sertraline is our name for Zoloft. He is down to 25mg and seems to have sadness replacing some of the rage (which is where we started before the zoloft). Now signed off school so at least we haven't got that stress for the time being (although re-starting it and getting him back in will be a whole other world of issues I am sure!).
Psychiatrist seemed very keen to get him on the anti-psychotic (to be fair, I think she is worried about us being able to manage him), but I just want him on less drugs, not covering up side effects with more, so she is helping us to taper him and we have it as an emergency back up.

He has his melatonin just before lights out time to help him go off to sleep. It works well for him most of the time although last night he couldn't sleep as he had the word dead going round his head :-( Told him to try to swap it for bed instead which he liked as it rhymed.
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Re: Anxiety, rage and medication

I wanted to come back and update in case anyone else has similar experiences.
My son is now off the Sertraline / Zoloft and down to the smallest dose of Concerta XL and is a changed boy. He is back to being happy and smiley, he is back at school and doing OK. On the flip side, he lacks focus, bounces off everything when walking, and chats constantly. However, from where we have been, I would take this bonkers, happy boy over the sad, raging, mess we had when he was on medication.

I am just so relieved that I was bold enough to reduce his medication or he could be on that and an anti-psychotic now. I know they work for some children but clearly they have an adverse effect on others.
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I wanted to come back and update in case anyone else has similar experiences.
My son is now off the Sertraline / Zoloft and down to the smallest dose of Concerta XL and is a changed boy. He is back to being happy and smiley, he is back at school and doing OK. On the flip side, he lacks focus, bounces off everything when walking, and chats constantly. However, from where we have been, I would take this bonkers, happy boy over the sad, raging, mess we had when he was on medication.

I am just so relieved that I was bold enough to reduce his medication or he could be on that and an anti-psychotic now. I know they work for some children but clearly they have an adverse effect on others.
VERY true. My son was like that on Vyvanse.
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I wanted to come back and update in case anyone else has similar experiences.
My son is now off the Sertraline / Zoloft and down to the smallest dose of Concerta XL and is a changed boy. He is back to being happy and smiley, he is back at school and doing OK. On the flip side, he lacks focus, bounces off everything when walking, and chats constantly. However, from where we have been, I would take this bonkers, happy boy over the sad, raging, mess we had when he was on medication.

I am just so relieved that I was bold enough to reduce his medication or he could be on that and an anti-psychotic now. I know they work for some children but clearly they have an adverse effect on others.
Clearly the doctor started your son on a too-high dose of Concerta, the dose
recommended to begin is only 18 mg. But if you've now lowered the dose to
about 18 mg and it's not helping, it might not be the best med for your son.

It's tricky finding the right med at the right dose for each person. I hope you
won't give up just because Concerta wasn't the right med for your little guy.

Go in a different direction and try Vyvanse or Adderall. Read up on them and
make sure he's starting at a low dose, it can always be increased as needed.
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Re: Anxiety, rage and medication

Ritalin/Concerta worked for my ADHD, but at an efficacious level, caused unbearable anxiety.

Dexedrine works for my ADHD, and at an efficacious level, reduces and removes my anxiety such that I am actually able to relax and experience calm.


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Re: Anxiety, rage and medication

From a personal standpoint, certain medications really set me off as a kid and especially a teenager, and caused the ups and downs and anxiety and rage to go off the charts. It was years before someone diagnosed me with bipolar, and it wasn't until this year that I got put on the correct medications that completely squash the rage and anxiety. It may not hurt him to have an evaluation for mental illness, because some medications aggravate symptoms. My life would've been a whole lot better if people recognized I was bipolar as a teenager, rather than throwing SSRIs and stimulants at me.

It's not always extreme bipolar I where you need to be hospitalized that people think of when they think of bipolar. It's possible for it to be in ranges where people really don't recognize it but think said person is lazy/uncaring, angry, and overly anxious. It seems irrational. Young minds are easily influenced by mental meds and are more susceptible to extremes in mood. He might have a totally different reaction to anti-depressants and stimulants when his brain has fully developed and they then work properly for him without causing aggravating moods.
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Re: Anxiety, rage and medication

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I have been researching other alternatives, has anyone tried Intuniv?.
I've tried Intuniv, and it did wonders for me in terms of easing my anxiety and made extremely outgoing and social. It did have significant effects on my cognitive abilities as well. Unfortunately it made so dizzy, tired, lethargic and somewhat depressed, which really saddens me. Had the side-effects not been so damaging, It would've been the best ADHD medication that I've ever tried. But it did, so I quiet taking it and went back to take Adderall. Adderall doesn't increase my anxiety levels nearly as bad as Vyvanse and Dexedrine. It has a more subtle effect on me. Although I'm considering trying Wellbutrin or Cymbalta, since I'm not sure I'm able to do well with amphetamines, on the long run.
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Sounds like he needs either a lower dose or a non-stimulant. I had the same problem in my youth where i would have meltdowns when i came off of adderall or vyvanse or concerta or (enter all other stimulants I've been on) and 3 months ago i was switched to Strattera which seems incredibly helpful! The nausea is a nightmare sometimes but i would always choose it over feeling so emotionally charged all the time when i know that isnt my personality. He may be sensitive to stimulants like me so a non-stimulant 24 hour drug may help. the 24-hour helps so that there is no coming off period. Hope this helps!
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