Anyone use vynanse?

Discussion in 'General Parenting' started by zachieandameliasmom, Nov 6, 2008.

  1. zachieandameliasmom

    zachieandameliasmom New Member

    Hi! I haven't posted here in years. I check in when I can though.

    I have a 10 yr old son who is having trouble in school. He is diagnosed ADHD H/I type and ODD. I have my thoughts about bipolar, but his psychiatrist just blows me off. difficult child had his tonsils and adenoids out in Sept. After he was recovered he was having great days at school. And now he is not. I've gotten calls on Mon and Wed asking if he took his medications. Both days he had, but he was behaving like he didn't. Being loud, won't stay in his seat, throwing erasers, making weird noises, inappropriate comments etc... Just out of control. He currently takes adderall xr 30 mg and zoloft 50 mg.

    Called his psychiatrist's office today and told the nurse what's going on and she suggesting switching him to vynanse. She said they've had great success with-that one and fewer side effects. Just wondering if anyone here has any feedback.

    Had difficult child's annual IEP meeting on Wed. It upsets me so bad to hear the things he does first hand. I just wish he could blend in amongst his peers. His resource teacher has brought in a behavior specialist to try to help them come up with-a better behavior mod plan. They said it's hard because they can't figure out the trigger point for him. And he's so unpredictable. Mon/Wed were bad days. And Tue/Thur he had good days.

    Another thing that makes me go hmmm is that this time every year his behavior goes down the drain. I can remember this happening since he was 2 yrs old. I can't figure that out. I've pointed it out to the doctor and he just looks at me. UGHH

    The school wants to see about getting him accepted in a day school. It's affiliated with-a mental health place here. The public school system is affiliated with-it too. Only 40 children are accepted at a time. So even if he gets approved no telling if there is an opening or when there will be on. I'm trying to call the place myself and see about getting him an appointment with-their docs. Not sure if my insurance will cover it though. They have a contract with-the place we go to now.

    I'm also very concerned about him entering middle school next year. At the IEP meeting they weren't very positive about things there.....

    Sorry if I'm rambling, I'm just at the end of my rope right now!! Add to the fact that my husband has had 2 back surgeries since May I'm mega stressed!!
  2. DramaQueenLucy

    DramaQueenLucy New Member

    difficult child 2 just tried this medication and did bad things to him made him overly sensitive to sound, touch and anything going on around him...but maybe it would work better for your son. Please be careful though because my son had a very hard time on the medication and he had to go cold turkey today because of how server the symptoms had been.
  3. Lisa, my 5 year old son is on Vyvanse for three weeks now and so far so good. He is better behaved in school which was where we had major problems with focus and hyperactivity- alot of it we feel is sensory related also. We have had great luck with Vyvanse.
  4. jannie

    jannie trying to survive....

    My son has been on vyvanse for over a year. It really seems to help him. He is on a really low dosage because if he takes too much he does become irritable. His overall improvement with his quality of work is quite apparent.
  5. maril

    maril New Member

    Hi, Lisa. Sorry you guys are having a rough time. I hope all goes well with school and medication issues in the future. It is a rollercoaster ride, isn't it?

    My 17yo son currently takes Vyvanse 30 mg and sertraline (generic Zoloft) 50 mg; both medications taken in the morning around 6:30 a.m. on school days (weekends are another story...he sleeps in).

    He started Vyvanse right before school started in August and has continued to express that it works well for him. He has been tried on 3 other stimulants over a few years' time, having reactions to the methylphenidate group (cannot tolerate Daytrana or Concerta), and Adderall XR was not exactly the right fit. Anyway, Vyvanse seems to work well for him to this point.

    I must add that when recently starting the sertraline, we were told by a psychiatric hospital counselor that sertraline might counteract Vyvanse's effect somewhat. My son doesn't mention any problems lately as far as not being able to focus, etc.

    Otherwise, with the Vyvanse, I haven't noticed anything out of the ordinary since August when he started it, except possible rebound later in the day; anger and irritability at other times, too - BUT, he has other issues that may contribute to his overall mood.

    Good luck to you and your son.:D
    Last edited: Nov 7, 2008
  6. susiestar

    susiestar Roll With It

    Hi and Welcome Back!

    I don't have a child on vyvanse, but did have one on Zoloft. For SOME children, zoloft can cause aggression and aggitation. This seems to set in several MONTHS after starting zoloft. My son was VERY aggressive, and others here had the same problem. THough there are also some here who had no problem and really like zoloft. Just thought I would mention it.

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  7. 4sumrzn

    4sumrzn New Member

    My difficult child has been on Vyvanse for over a year. Her aggression level dropped compared to when she was on Adderal. Vyvanse has by far been the best for her all around....things started looking up for her ;)