Okay, my daughter has ADHD, and I knew this going in... I knew that there were times she'd be completely unable to focus long enough to complete an assignment. I didn't realize that we'd have to change her medicine one month in... and THAT has been an experience.
My daughter is getting older, and starting to undergo some changes, and her medicine simply wasn't working as well anymore. I don't want to get into the whole "to medicate or not to medicate" debate, but basically, her medicine wasn't helping focus well enough to get through school... I do NOT want a zombie child, I fully expect her to be herself. I just need her to be able to sit still long enough to do her school work... Anyway, the doctor decided that, instead of simply increasing the dose of the medication she was already on, he would put her on a new one. She was on Concerta 54mg in the morning and Ritalin 10mg in the afternoon... He put her on Vyvanse 30mg for a week, and then 40mg after. Both of these medications are stimulants. When she took the Vyvanse, she had a bad reaction to it (not an extremely bad reaction, just not one we liked) and so the dr took her back off of that one. He put her on Strattera, which I'm totally fine with. I've heard great things about it... I've also heard that it can take 4-6 weeks to see the full effect of the medication.
If your child has ADHD (emphasis on the H), then you know what my immediate reaction was. LOL I WILL get through this... I may need nerve pills, but I WILL get through this! Anyway, we're kind of taking a break from school right now while her body adjusts to the new medication and it gets into her system. I'm really glad this one isn't a stimulant. When your dr tells you that children have died on that medication because they had underlying heart conditions, there's always a question in the back of your mind about your child's heart... even after they check.