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Frequent Urination with new meds?

After 4+ years starting with special ed pre-K & ending with special ed school (not to mention therapy, visits to Psychologists/Psychiatrists), we finally took the plunge and started med trials in 2011 for our son's inattentive ADHD (he also has various other speech and language based Learning Disabilities). A brief 3-day trial with Ritalin LA proved that my 8 yr old is allergic to 'something' in the med. On day one he urinated so frequently it was bizarre - several times an hour. Two days later his body was covered in an itchy-red-rash. Now, after inconclusive allergy tests, we have moved to a 'simpler, short acting" Dextro-amphetamine (no Methylphenidates for 'now'). We finally bumped him from 2.5mg to 5mg and the frequent urination occurred again. Has anyone seen increased, frequent urination when starting any of the ADHD stimulants? I know thirst is a side effect and perhaps an increased water intake can result in frequent trips to the toilet. These are powerful psychotropic meds that I am feeding my under 47.5 pound "little guy" so I would expect side effects. He has been eating, so that's good. any feedback from others in the group would help. I feel lost and wonder if there are non-med interventions that are truly proven.
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Re: Frequent Urination with new meds?

It's very normal to urinate more when on stimulant ADHD meds. They're diuretics.

Give him a water bottle, since he can easily get dehydrated from all the urination.
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Re: Frequent Urination with new meds?

thanks for the scoop - with hope he will get used to the new meds (without allergies) and it will help in school.
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Re: Frequent Urination with new meds?

Increased urination is common, but don't be afraid/worried if you switch meds several times in the beginning of treatment, as you will be happy with the result.

The truth about non-med/non-standard interventions, is that in many cases they are far MORE dangerous than FDA approved therapies, as they are far less studied, and they RARELEY effectuate any positive improvement in ADHD.
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