Concerta, Resperdal, and Clondine.
The Clondine is for at night. Without it, she is up ALL night, crying that her brain won't let her go to sleep
I ask her dr. about taking Melatonin(sp) at night instead of the Clondine. He said sure! but when I ask him what dose, he had no clue
All he could say is it wouldn't hurt to try. I did some research but couldn't find anything that reassured me on the safety issue for young kids or a starting dose. Of course, with Clondine you can't stop it abruptly. To dangerous. She hasn't had any side effects from it. She has been on a low dose of it for a while. It's funny I worry about the Melatonin, considering what she is on now. Just without some guidance on taking it makes me leery. (sigh)
Concerta is for the ADHD. OMG! WHat a difference this med has made. We tried Adderall and Adderal Extended tab and that was a freaking nightmare. Every side effect a child could have she had. She also started displaying awful motor and vocal tics while on it. DId the med cause it? No, but since she was predispositoned to them it did aggravate them. I was praying that once off that med they would improve. They did to an extent, but did not go away completely... wich leads me to the..
Resperdal. Without it, she is into full blown vocal and motor tics. I tried weaning her off it, but within two days she was clearing her throat so hard and often she was bleeding. She was jerking her head so hard it hurt her neck. Also head banging out of the sheer frustration.
I hate that my daughter has to take these meds. But, I'm exteremly grateful that they do exists.With them she can lead a more normal less painfull life.
It breaks my heart when uneducated people think that parents of children on meds do it just to medicate their children into submission and make zombies out of them. Nothing could be farther from the truth. I have heard a range of opinions on to why my daughter is like she is. Oh, it's something the medical doctors came up with just to make money, she needs more discipline, she needs less discipline, I need to be a better parent..... ETC ad nauseum.
It was a long, hard, painful journey to get where we are today. We tried the no med route and it got us no where. Now with a combination of meds, behavior theraphy, good diet, counseling, and support structre in place she has improved one hundred percent. Medication alone didn't work or any of the other things tried on their own. But the combination of all that has worked wonders. I am extremely proud of my daughter. She has worked so hard this past year. She is in a classroom with her peers now and is loving every minute of it.
Sorry so long.