We have been struggling for months trying to find a medication that works for my 7 year old son. Here's the short version on what we have tried:
- Adderall XR: worked for a year, then as we had to increase the dose, started seeing major anxiety
- Biphentin: absolute disaster...made anxiety even worse
- Straterra: tried it for 2 months, increasing the dose over time. Once we hit therapeutic dose, he became extremely emotional. We reduced the dose, but the emotional meltdowns didn't go away.
Right now he is on no meds at all (for 5 days) and the meltdowns are subsiding. We meet with the pediatrician tomorrow to talk about Vyvanse or Intuniv (guanfacine). I have no idea what to do anymore...the poor kid has had such a rough 6 months.
His father suffers from anxiety and is bipolar, so that is a complicating factor when looking at medication choices.
Anyone have any experience or advice? I am making these decisions on my own, and sometimes the weight of it is overwhelming