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I have a good friend who has just put her 9 year old son on medication (not sure which one). How long does it take until the teachers are able to notice an improvement in his concentration and focusing? Just curious.
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replied November 13th, 2007
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It is immediate. Depending on the medication he is on, it is in his system within 20 minutes.
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replied November 13th, 2007
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If he was put on Strattera, it could take up to three weeks. If he was placed on a stimulant, then it should be within about 20 minutes. There is a possibility he is on too low of a dose. I would encourage your friend to have the teacher(s) fill out daily progress reports and/or rating scales. Did she fill out a behavior rating scale prior to the medication?
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replied November 13th, 2007
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My son was placed on strattera and zyprexa (now risperdal) for ADHD and a mood disorder (now dx as bipolar)..we had some immediate results and some have taken a while to achieve. also, what I think happens in some cases is that children with these sorts of disorders take a bit longer to learn the social and communications skills that their peers learn through regular daily interactions..what i noticed with my son is that once he was medicated, he had a better time concentrating on learning all he needed to, but was still rather immature for his age in all areas.
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replied November 13th, 2007
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anttm04 wrote:
My son was placed on strattera and zyprexa (now risperdal) for ADHD and a mood disorder (now dx as bipolar)..we had some immediate results and some have taken a while to achieve. also, what I think happens in some cases is that children with these sorts of disorders take a bit longer to learn the social and communications skills that their peers learn through regular daily interactions..what i noticed with my son is that once he was medicated, he had a better time concentrating on learning all he needed to, but was still rather immature for his age in all areas.


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The medication does help the children concentrate on learning the skills they need to learn. That is the reason why it's so important that some kind of social skills/behavior modification is taking place in addition to meds. If the child is on an IEP, I would definitely recommend including organization and social skills in the IEP if it is an area of need. Some kids do need direct instruction in those areas.
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replied January 9th, 2008
I was on meds in my early 20s and they took inbetween 1 and 15 days. I stopped taking them because I have already learned to adjust my behaviors of ADD with practice and time. That is just my personal experience. Ive tried Strattera and something else...I didnt like either one.
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