My son has ADD. Medicine is suppressing his appetite. Is there a pediatric appetite enhancer out there?
Topic: My son has ADD. Medicine is suppressing his appetite. Is there a pediatric appetite enhancer out there?
September 18, 2019 / By Deon Question:
My wife and I have agonized about the med. decision for two years. Only after his failing to be promoted from kindergarten to first grade did we finally relent and see a doctor. He’s made more progress in the last month and a half, learning letters and their sounds, numbers, etc, than he had in nine months at an expensive Catholic school. So please, don't try to dissuade us from giving him the medicine.
The question is this, simply: Is there an appetite enhancer / appetite stimulant that is approved for pediatric use? We believe in real science, so please no herbs or folk remedies. (unless there is a controlled study proving efficacy.)
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Benedict | 1 day ago
Don't listen to these people who obviously have no experience with a child with ADD. I know how heartbreaking it is for you, and the child, to not be able to succeed simply for the lack of ability to focus.
My advice to you is that if your child is having some side effects from his medication, talk to his doctor. There are various medications for the condition, and while some may not work for him, others will. Don't try to self treat his side effects.
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Originally Answered: Has anyone tried any kind of Hoodia product for suppressing your appetite? Which one really works?
I've heard the same thing too!!! I just asked my friends today about that.. I saw the commercial for the HOODIA PATCH.. and it caught my eye.
What made me think about it was that I saw a documentary on it on pbs , where the men in Africa eat the Hoodia plant, and it gives them energy and suppress thier appetite for days at a time..
Hope someone has tried it to give a testimonial!!! :)
Try a lower dosage. The appitite suppressant effect in adult humans greatly decreases after two weeks. In dogs the effect does not wane and the dog eventualy starves to death. The ADD stimulant drugs tend to increase blood pressure and this makes for more work on the heart. When a child dies on the drug usually they say "died of an unknown heart defect". The defect is that it probably should not have been prescribed in the first place or at such a high dosage Warning: There is a trend to add clonidine to ADD stimulant drug therapy in the evening to promote sleep and it also tends to lower blood pressure. This really is not an FDA approved use, and I think is very risky. Clonidine withdrawal (and this can happen with a single missed dose) can result in hypertensive crisis causing a stroke. Getting off of clonidine requires a special combination of alpha and beta blocker drugs, many doctors are not aware of this fact.
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Personally, I see a snowball effect of one drug to take care of another and then another to take care of that one. And your son is only what 5, 6? Is that really the best way to start him off in life? I understand your concerns, but I agree with a prior post of going naturally (with something like changing the diet, not herbs) to help the ADD. While these methods might not be scientifically proven, many children have benefited greater from them than meds. In addition, my husband's (older) brother was on ADD meds his entire childhood, also having issues with appetite, and then some more attention deficiency in an even more negative affect through teenage years. Now he's one mentally screwed up adult!! While my husband's other (little) brother was only on the meds in the rare circumstance (after seeing how it affected their oldest child) when the parents realized it would be better for everyone in that particular situation, and he's definitely a more normal adult. Just something for you to consider before pumping more drugs into your child.
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Some Guy, are you really telling this man to have his first grader smoke weed? Wow. Well, I havent heard of anything recently, take him to the doctor and ask about it. I went to Catholic school, by the way. If your son comes home and says he hates it, dont discipline him he has a valid reason.
ADD: Please dont yell at me, but I would honestly take him off the meds. I know what ADD meds can do to you from experience from friends. He will act dazed and confused for the rest of his life, he wont be himself at all. The doctors will tell you the medicine is making him act "normal", thats not normal by any stretch. Please, if you love your son, dont do this.
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idk id stopped giving him the add medicine and use more natural ways to control his add cus the medicine is realy jacked up some times
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