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January 12th, 2011, 04:56 PM
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Well after about 3 months, we are switching up medications. Cari did fantastic on her Metidate @ 20 mg, but lost about 10% of her body weight (she was only in the 5ht percentile to begin with). Also, as we could not get a generic version, we were stuck paying full rates $60/mo compared to $5 a month of generic.

We switched today to a generic form of Adderall-only 5 mg to start. Waiting on the email from her teachers on Day 1 observations.

In a related story, she did go a day without meds yesterday. The teachers knew we were getting ready to change it up, but we did not mention that she didnt have anything. Her teacher sent a note saying yesterday was a bad day, like before meds bad. I felt bad about it, but at the same time it was reassuring to know that 1. she really needs the meds and 2 there is a noticable difference in behavior/attention. I saw this over Christmas break, when we went without meds for a few days, but I still like to have it confirmed.
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January 14th, 2011, 11:50 AM
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Hopefully adderall will work well for Cari! I know that with Robbie we really had to watch his weight on Adderall because he just didn't want to eat. If you can, try giving her the ensure drinks with her meals as that will help get her the calories that she needs too.

I know what you mean by not telling the teachers that they aren't on their meds and getting notes that they were just as bad pre-med without the meds now. Robbie is like that too. We can really tell when his meds wear off or he hasn't had them long enough to take effect.
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January 29th, 2011, 08:00 PM
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Well I know that I am new to the meds and all I have notice with Lucy in the 3 days of taking her meds she has no desire to eat the big dinner meals like before. She is on the Strattera and it is a newer med. But I am thinking if it works and I give her the ensure to go with snacks before the dinner!
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February 11th, 2011, 06:20 PM
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I hope the new meds work. My kids are the same if for some reason they miss their pill or we are in the middle of changing it and they go without, the teachers ca really tell....

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March 29th, 2011, 04:09 PM
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Try giving meds after they eat breakfast. Then it should wear-off by dinner, depending on which kind it is. Even XR's only last 12 hours. If you want to try something natural, my friend's son (7) was on three Focalin a day until she tried the Melaleuca KoalaPals vitamin. After only 3 weeks of taking the vitamin, he is down to 1 pill a day! PM me if you want more info.
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