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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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Insomnia (Definition)

A sleep disorder in which a person 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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Is it possible to develop tolerance to propranolol? If I use it for performance anxiety may I need to step up my dosage over time?

Is it possible to develop tolerance to propranolol? If I use it for performance anxiety may I need to step up my dosage over time?

Not usually.: Intermittent use should not cause this. There is a lot of room to move with dosing on propranolol. You may develop an increased need for meds over time but may just as well be related to increased anxiety! ...Read more

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How long does it take for a child with autism to respond to a gluten free diet, if indeed he is going to respond?

How long does it take for a child with autism to respond to a gluten free diet, if indeed he is going to respond?

Separate out issues: If the kid has gluten sensitivity confirmed by lab tests and or intestinal biopsy, going gluten free can reduce the related digestive issues like it would any normal kid.It will not reverse autism or autism specific symptoms. Institution of restrictive diets can give you something to do, but is a waste of effort for most parents.With such issues there is always another "cure" just around the bend ...Read more

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Is it possible to stop antidepressant medication in case of chronic depression if i usde to take it for 3 years, and how to?

Is it possible to stop antidepressant medication in case of chronic depression if i usde to take it for 3 years, and how to?

Seek treatment: Talk to your doctor! depression tx incl. Meds, psychotherapy (interpersonal & cognitive-behavioral), ect, & inpatient tx. Helpful are exercise, sleep hygiene, mindfulness, social support, spiritual connections, meaningful life purpose. If stopping meds is really important, develop a plan with your doc to step down, incl ways to know if you need to go back on meds (checklists, family sugg go back). ...Read more

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Is it possible for a child or teen to get depression like adults do?

Is it possible for a child or teen to get depression like adults do?

Yes: Although kids and teens may develop symptoms that look a little different. Usually, one notices that grades and socializing suffer. Instead of feeling or appearing depressed, kids and teens can look easily irritable. A child psychiatrist can help evaluate and tease out the symptoms. ...Read more

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When an adult is diagnosed with add/adhd what medication do they take and is it addictive and hard to get off of them?

When an adult is diagnosed with add/adhd what medication do they take and is it addictive and hard to get off of them?

Same meds as kids: Adhd medications are same for both children and adults. Stimulant medications like Concerta and Focalin (dexmethylphenidate) are first choice. People with adhd do not get addicted to them as they don't feel high on them. They are easy to get off. Stimulants are used as street drug 'speed' and addictive for non adhd persons. Strattera, Clonidine and Tenex are second line of drugs and cannot be abused. ...Read more

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My child is 3 and has apraxia for speech in the future would he be able to work and hold down a job.. Or is it possible to get disability for illness?

My child is 3 and has apraxia for speech in the future would he be able to work and hold down a job.. Or is it possible to get disability for illness?

Not a handicap: Apraxia of speech is a normal phase of speech development. More important is good hearing and good understanding. Apraxia just means problems with clear production of speech. This is very common and often corrects with time and speech therapy. You must not approach him in such a negative way. You must believe he is bright and capable and just needs some extra help. ...Read more

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While i'm on rituximab, is it dangerous for us (my wife and i) to try to have a baby? Or we should wait for me to finish the treatment first?

While i'm on rituximab, is it dangerous for us (my wife and i) to try to have a baby? Or we should wait for me to finish the treatment first?

Wait: Many drugs, including rituxan, (rituximab) could have harmful effects on a growing fetus. Wait until your therapy is over and discuss with your obstetrician. ...Read more

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Is it normal for a 4 year old not ready for potty training ? He can talk and is developmently normal. He can even read. It doesn't make sense .

Is it normal for a 4 year old not ready for potty training ? He can talk and is developmently normal. He can even read. It doesn't make sense .

Reading at age 4 is : not developmentally typical. Hyperlexia, reading decoding above age & grade level, sometimes occurs in kids with non-verbal learning disabilities, oddly enough, or Autistic Spectrum Disorder without cognitive impairment. Combined with a delay in self-help skills, it warrants evaluation by a developmental/ behavioral pediatrician & a child neuropsychologist for accurate diagnosis & treatment. ...Read more

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Is it better to use a separate potty for my child?

Is it better to use a separate potty for my child?

Yes: Yes for several reasons. First - touching the floor is comforting to little ones and alleviates some fears. Two - they can practice while you go and learn and train better. Three - little, portable potties are great when taken in a car - they make training on the go so much easier - who wants to race to find a gross fast food restaurant bathroom? Use the potty in the car and dump when possible. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for a child with autism to respond to a gluten free diet?

How long is it supposed to it take for a child with autism to respond to a gluten free diet?

Depends: There is no sure answer. Some kids, two weeks. Some kids six months. Some kids never. Some need other restrictions too, possibly dairy, possibly soy. Every child is different and no one treatment will work for each child, and some children will have a profound change, some a little bit, and some not at all. This makes it hard to do controlled studies, because there is not just one autism. ...Read more

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If I have an anxiety disorder and go to counseling regularly, is it still practical for me to go to grad school for counseling?

If I have an anxiety disorder and go to counseling regularly, is it still practical for me to go to grad school for counseling?

Why not ?: Unless you mean you are unable to function, why wouldn't it still be practical to go to grad school for counseling? Having the experience of your own of dealing with an anxiety disorder and getting treatment can make you more knowledgeable and more sensitive to others. In the course of your studies if you felt your anxiety was getting in the way, discuss that with your therapist. Good luck! ...Read more

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When is it good to look for help for my child with asperger’s syndrome?

When is it good to look for help for my child with asperger’s syndrome?

ASAP: There is ample research demonstrating that the earlier therapeutic intervention is initiated, the better the results. ...Read more

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I take vyvance for add. I see the difference and it is awesome. However can it be linked being irritable or anger in a 17 year old girl?

I take vyvance for add. I see the difference and it is awesome. However can it be linked being irritable or anger in a 17 year old girl?

Vyvance and ADD: Vyvance can cause irritability. It is important to talk with your doctor as your dosage may need adjusting. Also discuss with your doctor if you are having any other stressors such as family concerns, school problems, challenge with work or friends. There are many factors to irritablity and anger and might not be medication related. ...Read more

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Is it possible for thalassemia to show up for the first time when you're 18 years old?

Is it possible for thalassemia to show up for the first time when you're 18 years old?

Yes: Some of the minor thalassemias are quite compatible with a normal lifestyle & functioning. Common thal minor often presents as slight anemia that doesn't respond to iron supplements. But if the index of suspicion is not high, further testing may not be done. Many cases are picked up on tests done for another issue or as part of a thorough checkup. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for a child to be tested for autism?

How long is it supposed to it take for a child to be tested for autism?

Screening Tests: There are screening questionaires , that can be administered in your pediatricians office, such as the mini- chat, that takes a few minutes. It has been tested and validated to provide reasonable accuracy if checked at 18 and 24 months of age. ...Read more

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How long would a sleep med stay in a childs system would it give me enough time to take him to a dr. To draw blood and find out if this is happening?

How long would a sleep med stay in a childs system would it give me enough time to take him to a dr.  To draw blood and find out if this is happening?

Don't drug: Unless your child is under what we call deep sedation or general anesthesia, no med is going to make him oblivious to the fact you are sticking a needle in his arm. As soon as tourniquet goes on, he or she is going to wake up and put up whatever fight they would put up unmedicated. You are really only trying to make yourself feel better. Tell yourself this is for their well-being, and then do it. ...Read more

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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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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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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 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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I take ADHD meds, i like 2exercise but i can't run without feeling sick because my meds surpress my appetite, how can I get over this med symptom.

I take ADHD meds, i like 2exercise but i can't run without feeling sick because my meds surpress my appetite, how can I get over this med symptom.

Change dosing: If you are taking a stimulant, appetite suppression is a common side effect. Talk with your prescriber about adjusting the dose or trying a different medication. ...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?

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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With regards to my ADHD meds, I have taken and take every stimulant/non stimulant made, all forms working to then suddenly just stop working at all!why?

ADHD: There may be several reasons, most common is tolerance to the drug, hitting a therapeutic ceiling. That means you can't go higher on dose. Depends on how they were rx'd. One method to help is combining meds of different classes that enhance each others' benefits without risking toxic side effects. That helps avoid tolerance, & greatly increases your options ...Read more

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Whenever I take my ADHD meds I have a feeling of anxiety and my heart beats fast. Why?

Whenever I take my ADHD meds I have a feeling of anxiety and my heart beats fast. Why?

Stimulant effect: Please let the prescribing doctor know this is happening. It could be from the medication, or from using caffeine or chocolate with the medication. Or from a comorbid disorder like anxiety disorder. Or from using other medications such as decongestants. If none of these are present, then you may need a dose adjustment or change. ...Read more

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40 yr old bf vapes pot for severe ADHD.He wont take ADHD meds cuz speed made him nervous&sick as kid.What else to take?BAD heart disease in his fam.

40 yr old bf vapes pot for severe ADHD.He wont take ADHD meds cuz speed made him nervous&sick as kid.What else to take?BAD heart disease in his fam.

He can talk to a : psychiatrist about his medication & self-medication history, as there are non-stimulant medications approved for use in adults with ADHD, engage a therapist to help him with organizational skills & join CHADD.org to learn about work accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act. He can see his primary physician about his cardiac risk factors. But, it's his choice to do any of these. ...Read more

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Im currently taking Zoloft and Xanax (alprazolam) for anxiety and found out I have adhd. What ADHD meds would be best to take without causing more anxiety/attacks?

Im currently taking Zoloft and Xanax (alprazolam) for anxiety and found out I have adhd. What ADHD meds would be best to take without causing more anxiety/attacks?

Get evaluation: The combination of Xanax (alprazolam) and Zoloft can cause difficuty with focus and attention. Did you have problems with attention before these medications? If not, have your doctor reconsider your medications. Anxiety can mimic symptoms of ADHD ...Read more

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Was prescribed Lamictal for Bipolar Disorder. What's the possibility of getting nystagmus or a rash? Is it safe to take with ADHD meds?

Was prescribed Lamictal for Bipolar Disorder. What's the possibility of getting nystagmus or a rash? Is it safe to take with ADHD meds?

Lamictal, Concerta: I understand your concern. Lamictal can cause nystagmus, diplopia, blurred vision and rash. Thank you for information about using Concerta, it can cause emotional lability and insomnia. hallucinations, mania. See a Psychiatrist for definitive Diagnosis, Medication benefits and side effects, dose, frequency of medication monitoring; Therapy for stress.in your life, Breathing Relaxation and Yoga ...Read more

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Does taking ADHD meds affect the longevity of my life?

Possible: Most studies on adhd meds last 6 weeks although some have gone as far as 6 years. But as the meds are for a lifetime and the side effects can be sudden death it is possible that the meds affect longevity. ...Read more

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Are there any over-the-counter ADHD meds for toddler?

Confusing question: Why would you think your toddler is adhd ? If you have a hellian to raise please seek out the services of a child psychologist or developmental pediatrician. There are no otc products that i would ever recommend to deal with child behavior issues. Proper evaluation and work with a behavioral therapist and or psychiatrist are indicated in the more severe cases. ...Read more

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Can i tell me how i can pass college without ADHD meds?

Can i tell me how i can pass college without ADHD meds?

Several ways:: 1. Adhd manifests most severely in keeping attention on boring, repetitive tasks. Find something you actually like doing, and adhd will be much less of a factor then. 2. Chop up your study time into smaller chunks, rotated between subjects. That way none of them will last long enough to lose your attention completely. 3. Give yourself rewards for achievements. ...Read more

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

A brain disorder characterized by inattentiveness, hyperactivity, and impulsivity that interferes with daily functioning or mental and social development. ...Read more