“I’m afraid of certain scary medications”
Hi, I’m Dr. James Wiley with Focus-MD.
Parents fear specific medications. Most parents have heard something negative about one or all of the stimulant medications. They fear Adderall in particular or Vyvanse in particular or maybe Concerta.
It’s important to note that the list of the good medications is exactly the same as the list of the bad medicines. All stimulant maledictions have similar side effects in general. But how each stimulant will work for your child and what side effects your child will have, varies on an individual basis.
You can’t tell how your child will respond to a stimulant medication based on the experience of friends, neighbors, or even close relatives. Relatives as close as brothers and sisters or parents may have a different experience on a given medication than your specific child that you are worried about at the moment.
The good news is that all the medications are potentially the right medicine for your child. And the bad news is, all the medicines are potentially the wrong medicine for your child. The key, once again, is to find the right medicine.
But don’t just fear a medication because you’ve heard a friend or relative had a bad experience with it, because that has nothing to do with your child.
This information should not be relied upon as a substitute for personal medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Use the information provided on this site solely at your own risk. If you have any concerns about your health, please consult with a physician.
James Wiley is the founder of Focus-MD. Focus-MD is devoted to the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD and related problem patients. They provide objective testing, medical treatment as well as behavior modification strategies to help or patients transform from frustration to focus. To find a Focus-MD clinic click here.
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