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Is it normal for when a child begins to take ADHD meds for him to have insomnia?

Is it normal for when a child begins to take ADHD meds for him to have insomnia?

Yes, it's possible. : Some of the medicines used for adhd can cause side effects which may impact a child's sleep. Always review side effects and risks of new medications with your doctor and monitor your child for changes in behavior (and mood) with changes in and new starts of medication. Also, kids (and adults) with adhd often have difficulty winding down and getting to sleep as part of their adhd symptoms. ...Read more

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Dr. Carla Enriquez
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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (Adhd) (Definition)

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a bio-psycho-social disorder characterized by inattentiveness, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. ADHD typically interferes with daily functioning or mental and social development. It is usually present in childhood, continuing into adulthood, and is genetically transmitted. ...Read more


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If a child is given ADHD meds of different types, and none work, is it safe to say that ADHD is not the problem?

If a child is given ADHD meds of different types, and none work, is it safe to say that ADHD is not the problem?

It suggests so: Not completely but it certainly raises that possibility. But remember some meds work for 1 patient and not another.But make sure your evaluation is done by a trained professional. Also some patients have add/adhd but also other coexisting diagnoses such as anxiety, ocd , etc. ...Read more

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Is it normal to feel happy after taking ADHD meds for the first time?

Is it normal to feel happy after taking ADHD meds for the first time?

It happens, but...: This is not the most common response. So many variables affect one's 1st response, including concomitant conditions, type of med(s), dose, situational factors, etc. Often, one feels "better" or more competent or more in control, at least after a short time on a successfully titrated dose of the right med(s). But i like patients to "feel" not much of anything from rx- just do better as time goes on. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take expired ADHD meds?

Is it safe to take expired ADHD meds?

No: Medication decays slowly over time and the expiration date is there to protect you. Risks of taking an expired medication doesn't outweigh the benefits. If you are thinking about restarting your medication program visit your MD to review your options. Medicine can be helpful if used correctly - don't take risks please. ...Read more

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Should I take ADHD meds if distractable?

Should I take ADHD meds if distractable?

See doc: You should take add meds if you are diagnosed with add & they are prescribed by the evaluating doctor. Distractibility can be caused by many things - depression, neurologic diseases, thyroid disease, sleep apnea, other medications, language disabilities, processing problems. That's why you need to see a competent doc to be assessed for your symptoms. ...Read more

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Do i need to take breaks with ADHD meds?

Do i need to take breaks with ADHD meds?

You need attention : There are lots of different studies out there about the impact of not taking your meds if you have add, but i'll cite just one of them. Drivers who have add have the exact same accident rate as the general population. However, drivers with add off their meds have 5 times the accident rate! so it's the little things that are just as important day to day that you need to be at your best with. ...Read more

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Is it bad to take two ADHD meds at once like double dosage ?

Is it bad to take two ADHD meds at once like double dosage ?

Not a good idea: Do not increase the dose of any medication or combine with any other medication without first checking with the prescribing doctor. There could unwanted side effects and interactions. ...Read more

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Please explain what happens if i take ADHD meds and don't have adhd?

Depends on Dose: For a person who does not have adhdf and takes a stimulant medication will depend on the dose. At small doses your appetite may be diminished and sleep may be more difficult. At higher doses you may feel a power burst of energy that lasts a brief time. Larger doses over time can lead to a psychotic reaction that looks just like paranoid schizophrenia. Don't use it without a doctor's input. ...Read more

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I'm curious what could happen if i take ADHD meds and don't have adhd?

Varies with the med: I can think of at least 5 different families of medications that are sometimes used with adhd patients.Each type has different side effects. If you can be more specific, the answer might fit in the sites limit. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Insomnia (Definition)

Insomnia is a sleep disorder in which you cannot fall or stay asleep. It usually accompanies another sleep, medical, or psychiatric disorder, and can lead to memory impairment, mood changes, and increased risk of ...Read more


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