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scared to eat solid foods

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  • Posted By: polarisnorm
  • July 10, 2008
  • 04:25 PM

My 7 year old daughter hasn't been eating a lot since starting a pretty high dose of Concerta. That's been normal for her for the past 2 years, and she has not really lost a lot of weight. Recently, she is complaining that when she goes to swallow food, it feels like it is going to get stuck in her throat. She is breathing normal and swallowing liquids with no problem. She doesn't have a sore throat or any other symptoms. The doctor told me that she is causing herself to feel this way because maybe she felt like she was going to choke, and scared herself. So now she is scared to swallow more solid foods. She's been drinking lots of smoothies, etc., but she needs to gain some weight back. She can't drink milk because she is allergic to it, so I need sme more ways to fatten her up with liquids. Please help! When will she start eating soild foods again?

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  • What is the Concerta for? Trouble swallowing could be an indicator that something else is going on. It doesn't have to be b/c her throat is sore or b/c she's freaking herself out. It could be her motor response isn't working correctly.
    dizzy lizzie 192 Replies Flag this Response
  • "Concerta XL® should not be used in patients with severe gastrointestinal tract narrowing or dysphagia or significant difficulty with swallowing tablets" Dysphagia means difficulty swallowing. Try here:http://www.ljf.scot.nhs.uk/scp/methylphenidate.pdf
    aquila 1263 Replies Flag this Response
  • Why would you give such a young child pills? Of course there's going to be side effects if you give your daughter speed! Geez, ADD/ADHD is so over-diagnosed. In my opinion, your daughter needs food not stimulants.
    stonezeppelinpilot 6 Replies Flag this Response
  • My 7 year old daughter hasn't been eating a lot since starting a pretty high dose of Concerta. That's been normal for her for the past 2 years, and she has not really lost a lot of weight. Recently, she is complaining that when she goes to swallow food, it feels like it is going to get stuck in her throat. She is breathing normal and swallowing liquids with no problem. She doesn't have a sore throat or any other symptoms. The doctor told me that she is causing herself to feel this way because maybe she felt like she was going to choke, and scared herself. So now she is scared to swallow more solid foods. She's been drinking lots of smoothies, etc., but she needs to gain some weight back. She can't drink milk because she is allergic to it, so I need sme more ways to fatten her up with liquids. Please help! When will she start eating soild foods again? Get your daughter off this drug please! Weight loss is a side effect, as well as difficulty swallowing, like another poster said. A high dose of this drug may eventually cause seizures in your little one. Please look into alternative medicine to help with your daughter's problems. Methylphenidate side effectsGet emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. Stop taking methylphenidate and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:fast, pounding, or uneven heartbeats;feeling like you might pass out;fever, sore throat, and headache with a severe blistering, peeling, and red skin rash;aggression, restlessness, hallucinations, unusual behavior, or motor tics (muscle twitches); easy bruising, purple spots on your skin; ordangerously high blood pressure (severe headache, blurred vision, buzzing in your ears, anxiety, confusion, chest pain, shortness of breath, uneven heartbeats, seizure).Less serious side effects may include:vision problems;mild skin rash;dizziness;nervous feeling, sleep problems (insomnia); nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite; orweight loss.http://www.drugs.com/mtm/concerta.html Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3080 Replies Flag this Response
  • Get the doctor to change her medicine to liquid. Make sure he also reduces the amount of medicine. My daughter complained about the swallowing the first week that she was taking Concerta. She takes the liquid and is doing better. If this doesn't work get another doctor to look at your daughter. I hope everything turn out ok.Cape CodMy 7 year old daughter hasn't been eating a lot since starting a pretty high dose of Concerta. That's been normal for her for the past 2 years, and she has not really lost a lot of weight. Recently, she is complaining that when she goes to swallow food, it feels like it is going to get stuck in her throat. She is breathing normal and swallowing liquids with no problem. She doesn't have a sore throat or any other symptoms. The doctor told me that she is causing herself to feel this way because maybe she felt like she was going to choke, and scared herself. So now she is scared to swallow more solid foods. She's been drinking lots of smoothies, etc., but she needs to gain some weight back. She can't drink milk because she is allergic to it, so I need sme more ways to fatten her up with liquids. Please help! When will she start eating soild foods again?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 28, 2010
    • 01:27 AM
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  • My 7 year old daughter hasn't been eating a lot since starting a pretty high dose of Concerta. That's been normal for her for the past 2 years, and she has not really lost a lot of weight. Recently, she is complaining that when she goes to swallow food, it feels like it is going to get stuck in her throat. She is breathing normal and swallowing liquids with no problem. She doesn't have a sore throat or any other symptoms. The doctor told me that she is causing herself to feel this way because maybe she felt like she was going to choke, and scared herself. So now she is scared to swallow more solid foods. She's been drinking lots of smoothies, etc., but she needs to gain some weight back. She can't drink milk because she is allergic to it, so I need sme more ways to fatten her up with liquids. Please help! When will she start eating soild foods again?Hi there, I have daughter who is 13 and recently too is scared to eat solid foods. She has just got over a bad case of thrush and the gp says its a little phobia she has picked up as it must have been a little difficult for her to swallow at that time. It is very worrying and you think how will they ever survive, but i find she will eat, little tubs of custard, aero mouses or any other mouses. Milk shakes, jellies, chocolate (yes chocolate) i think becuase it melt in the mouth as long as it has no nuts or any thing in it. I find cadburys caramel is ideal and its all extra caloires too. Icecream, fruit smoothies. I hope like yourself its a phase that will eventually close and they will get back to normal. She has been thouroughly checked by a doctor too. Going back to Concerta XL my son was on that for a time and he picked up some very odd things e/g he became paranoid with loud noises and flushing the toilet, he was on edge all the time and very anxious, this too could be partly to blame but these did get better in time. Hope you find my info assuring. From one worried parent to another x
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  • I am going through the same thing! I know this message of yours is really old but if u found something out that helped her please let me know!
    Anonymous 1 Replies
    • October 5, 2014
    • 00:16 PM
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