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Saturday, July 01, 2006

Concerta? Feedback appreciated...

Well, we went to see Kyles specialist on Tuesday and this time we took Chris (16) with us. I'm glad we did, as the doctor asked his opinion on the whole thing and Chris was very honest and blunt about it. The doc appreciated his honesty and said 'I trust your mums opinion, but it's good for us to hear how ADHD affects others in the family too'

Kyle was in top form all the time we were there, messing about with the hospital bed, running around the little room, asking a gazillion questions and not letting people talk LOL, hard work, but also good to know that the doc saw him 'in action' so to speak.

We asked about Concerta because in Kyles word 'Ritalin doesn't last long enough'. The doc seemed shocked that I even knew about Concerta (thanks Rich) and said that they don't usually pescribe it due to the cost, but seeing as I knew about it already he would. LOL, that's the National Health Service for you.

Seemingly Concerta is 7x as epensive as Ritalin, so no wonder they don't willingly blab about it, eh? Anyway, with Concerta Kyle will only have to take one tablet per day as it has some kind of slow release thing to it, which is a good thing. at least it makes it easier than taking 2 tablets per day for him.

He's looking forward to it, and hoping it will help him concentrate like Ritalin did (so that's 15 minutes instead of 2 LOL) as he knows that when he gets to concentrate on one thing at a time he's much happier within himself.

Only drawback was that we have to wait about a week cos the specialist/hospital wants the GP to pescribe it for him instead of them doing it due to the costs... sheesh.

So, any feeback on the use of Concerta is greatly appreciated so get commenting :)

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I'm glad you're getting your son treated. I was diagnosed last week, and my doctor precribed Concerta. So far it is working well for me. I'm not sure what the difference is in kids, but it sustains me easilly through the workday. In the evenings I have found that I fall back into some old patterns, but I can control myself much better now. Concerta has a very cool (for a geek anyway) mechinism for sustained release. If Ritalin is what Kyle is used to, it's the same drug, but the delivery system is a bit different. Instead of giving him a pill three times a day, you'll just give him a pill for breakfast. I'd be interested to know if you see any other differences.

I just started writing about my experiences, it's been a very interesting few weeks.

Thank you so much for commenting.

It felt so good to have someone with a bit of experience actually leave a comment.

I'll be sure to keep you updated on how the concerta works for him.

Thanks again for the info, I really appreciate it :)
Hi Anna,
After 10years of being told by the so called experts my son was just very active not hyperactive, my son was finally diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 13. The doctor suggested medication - Concerta XL. I can honestly say it has made a huge difference to my son and our relationship, most of his problems were at school and things have definately improved in that area. Instead of talking at 100mph he's now slowed down to 30mph and seems to listen more carefully to what is being said. One side effect that I have noticed is the suppression of his appetite, however as the concerta wears off towards evening he will eat more and we found we were able to give him a day off, On a Sunday he does not take his medication and we find he eats loads. His behaviour is still manageable on this day as we try to make sure we do something quite active. My son is on 54mg per day and we find that is working well for him. I hope you find these comments useful, I'd be quite happy to tell you more about our experience if you have any questions.
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