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Old 11-17-10, 07:47 PM
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Started meds and full of rage

My daughter has been diagnosed with ADHD. Prior to meds she had some aggressive tendencies as well as behavioral issues, but it seems like this has intensified by like 10x since starting meds. She was prescribed 20mg of Adderall RX. She has been on the medication for 2 weeks now and has full blown fits of rage where she throws things, kicks the walls, screams as loud as she possibly can, cursing, etc.

We thought at first it was because she was tired as her sleeping patterns have changed and she can be very irritable when tired. *was warned of the sleep issues* but this is just getting worse.

Has anyone else experienced rage with these meds?

I am almost tempted to just stop the Adderall tomorrow
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Re: Started meds and full of rage

Increased irritability and even anger happens sometimes. It could work itself out as her body adjusts or it could mean a change in dosage or trying to different med.
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Re: Started meds and full of rage

It's my understanding that if there's any underlying anxiety or depression, stims can bring them to the surface. Anything underlying should be treated first before treating ADHD.

I know my son has anxiety and treating that first before adding on a stim was very beneficial!

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My daughter has been diagnosed with ADHD. Prior to meds she had some aggressive tendencies as well as behavioral issues, but it seems like this has intensified by like 10x since starting meds. She was prescribed 20mg of Adderall RX. She has been on the medication for 2 weeks now and has full blown fits of rage where she throws things, kicks the walls, screams as loud as she possibly can, cursing, etc.

We thought at first it was because she was tired as her sleeping patterns have changed and she can be very irritable when tired. *was warned of the sleep issues* but this is just getting worse.

Has anyone else experienced rage with these meds?

I am almost tempted to just stop the Adderall tomorrow
Phone your doctor and try something else. My son has the opposite reaction - he's calmer, not angry and aggressive until the medication he's on starts wearing off.

We tried a few different things until we found something that works for him and that's not unusual.
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Phone your doctor and try something else. My son has the opposite reaction - he's calmer, not angry and aggressive until the medication he's on starts wearing off.

We tried a few different things until we found something that works for him and that's not unusual.
I agree with this advice. My son has the opposite response to Adderall. He calmed down and started paying attention.

His 2nd grade teacher commented that now instead of whining when told to do his work (math, writing, etc) now he is just saying, "ok" and gets started.

If your child is getting worse and it doesn't change after a few weeks, it is time to try something else.

Adderall is not one of those medicines that takes time to build effectiveness in the bloodstream. It starts working within 30-45 minutes.
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Re: Started meds and full of rage

I would definately talk to your doctor about this and stop giving the medication. Raging is a possible side effect of stimulants, and not something likely to go away. Your daughter might have some other issues that need to be addressed.
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Re: Started meds and full of rage

Yes, my son had a similar reaction. He also has aggressive tendencies which were only made worse by the medication. We went on vacation about a month and a half after he started the medicine (to my mothers - so we've done this many times). He had a terrible time transitioning. He had never had this problem before and just had some incredible fits, which I hadn't seen since he was 3 or 4. I called the doc and we both agreed to take him off the meds immediately. We are now on intuniv with much better results. I would call the doc as soon as you can and discuss it with him/her.
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Re: Started meds and full of rage

My son had a similar reaction to Ritalin. I was aware that it could happen (we're watching for Bi-Polar) and after one dose he was cycling so rapidly that he only got that one dose and I texted his behavioral pedi and she told me not to give him another dose. We waited one month and he started Adderall yesterday and he's doing much much better on the Adderall. If the rages start again, we will try Abilify.
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Re: Started meds and full of rage

My ds also had a similar reaction to a stimulant med. He is now using a non-stimulant (tenex) , which is working much better for him.
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