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Prozac for ADHD

Posted by med_empowered on November 17, 2005, at 2:01:37

In reply to Re: ADDH Prescription.....Prozac rjlockhart, posted by Phillipa on November 16, 2005, at 23:35:38

hey! Prozac really isn't a good idea for ADHD. It probably won't make the condition worse, but its not effective for actually *treating* it. Another issue would be "making" your child take medication. Please don't. The last thing ANYONE needs is to feel that they *need* medication to plese *other* people. If your son is opposed to taking medications, please take that into consideration--perhaps some other form of treatment (counselling, talk therapy) would be more acceptable to him; it could also help uncover any other factors (ex: family dynamics) that could be causing or worsenging his problems.

Prozac is usually well-tolerated, but occasionally people will become more depressed, attempt or commit suicide, and/or become violent. Some of this is likely due to akathisia, a sort of drug-induced inner restlessness more commonly seen with antipsychotic medications. However, it is possible that some of the problems could be due to something *other* than drug-induced akathisia. Although these problems don't seem to be terribly common, they do need to be taken into account, especially with a younng person (and especially with a young person who already shows signs of aggression).

You can sometimes counter the ill-effects of antidepressants by adding a mood-stabilizer (tegretol, lithium, trileptal, depakote, atypical neuroleptics, etc.). This is usually done for bipolar disorders, but I imagine it could also be done for different situations. That said, I think you might want to try a different approach to the problem. I'm a young guy (early 20s) and when I was younger my parents pushed me to take meds "for my own good," etc. etc. I still feel a good bit of anger and resentment towards's aren't fun. Think about it.




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