Posted by napaba on March 11, 2003, at 11:52:44
In reply to Re: Effexor Withdrawal , posted by maliak on March 11, 2003, at 11:42:14
> Effexor is not approved for children, that's probably why you can't find anything out about it's effects on teenagers. I wish I could offer some advise, but all I can say is Effexor works great for me. I've never heard of it being prescribed for ADHD. I'd get a second opinion before I gave it to a 13 year old.
I am a mom of a 13 year old boy who has just been prescribed Effexor. He has been on Adderall for 2 years and some type of ADHD med for almost 8 years. Every time we thought we had his ADHD under control we would hear from school to find out we didn't. Since hitting Middle School things progressed for the worse. 6 months ago his therapist and pediatrician started him on Paxil changing his dose 3 times with no difference. He is now expelled from school due to lack of respect for authority. He simply can not stay focused and will not stop running his mouth. He is not violent nor does he have a drug and/or alcohol problem. It is heart breaking to watch him and listen to him when all he can do is cry because he can't help himself.
> The good I hear is that this drug is the preferred combo with Adderall (noted on more than just this site) but in adults. I am excited about what could be the answer to our prayers not to mention his misery. The problem is I can not find ANYTHING on the effects in a teenager going through puberty on top of everything else. HELP! I can not bare to think of him dealing with the withdrawal issues posted on this site. As an adult we tend to grind our teeth and get through it. For a teen who gets the flu and thinks the world is coming to an end I can not imagine telling him to hang in there and it will eventually subside over time.
> I do not question his pediatrician or his counselor for wanting to try Effexor. His doctor has been there since he was born and his counselor comes with high recommendations. I just fear the "unknown". I know they believe this is his best option right now and would hate to turn it down if it could truly help.
> I find a lot of info on how Effexor treats depression but how does it work in combo with ADHD and is it really worth the side effects and withdrawals, because if it is he will receive his first dose tonight and we will learn how to deal with everything that comes with it. Main item here is to help my son grow in to a respectful and responsible adult, his success will be my Effexor!