I just posted my intro, but want to ask a question about switching meds for my son.
He is 11, short for his age (0% - was always short prior to starting meds), and is in 5th grade.
I am concerned about the level of meds he is on, and am also concerned about finding something else prior to middle school - since this is when all the @#$ hit the fan for two of my other kids (though neither of them liked school and my son does).
He is taking BOTH a 36+27 in the am and a 27 in the afternoon. We just raised the morning dose from 54 last week. I could tell that that he was having a lot more trouble focusing in school, as I can easily drop by his class and check on him - plus I teach science enrichment once a week to each class, so his class comes to me and I noticed that he was having more trouble over the last couple weeks. I will say that his class doesn't help. He has been in the MOST DIFFICULT cohort of kids we have had in our school since they were in kindergarten. The teachers can't wait for this group to leave. I really like each kid individually, but as a group they DO NOT STOP TALKING or listen to signals/directions. It is not just his class, but the other 5th grade class as well...so doesn't matter how you mix them up.
As his medication has increased over the years, so has his rebound in the afternoon - like way beyond what he is like with no meds. I know it is probably time for a change. My psychiatrist was very willing to try different meds with my daughter, but we have just continued with Concern for my son because he has been functioning so well...except for the dosage amounts (my issue) and the rebound.
I have heard a lot of people having success with Vyvanse and Intuniv, but know my insurance didn't cover those before (or did but they were non-preferred and expensive) when we tried with my daughter. I am going to check on whether this is still true or not.
Adderal was a HUGE problem with my daughter - it made her seemed possessed and we had to take her off.
Yes, I will discuss with the psychiatrist. The question is more on how and when do I make this transition? Should I do it now, before the end of the school year? What supports should I put in place if he is having trouble with behavior/focus (he will be super goofy and will try to entertain everyone if it isn't working).
Will these other medicines eliminate the rebound problem?