Tuesday, August 31, 2010

I love you Niacin

A week into our trial with Niacin, and I'm a believer! Em's taking it and is a DIFFERENT person, in a good way. We don't really do medicine, so I've resisted, but I about gave up caring, so I tried and wow. She loves it too. It takes the edge off and lets her feel normal! She doesn't cry and freak at the simplest question.
Now it did NOT help Mr at all. I'm going to try Theanine for him. Niacin is more for depression/shame and Theanine is to reduce mental stress, so I'm hoping it'll help Mr chill out. I might even try it. I need to chill out.
The reason I remembered to share it is she didn't take hers this morning and has been crying about the game they're playing and giving a big woe is me pity party for herself. Then I asked a simple question and she launched into her defense (and it was just did you get out the cereal?). I said did you take your medicine this morning? She said oh, no. Take it, take it quick! :) She did and is back to playing normally now. And the boys are even being mean!
But she's been loving (even toward ME!), she's let loose much more than usual, she's laughed at her mistakes without crying, she isn't scared of her own shadow, she doesn't even freak if I ask a question quickly. Once I had to hurry her out the door and she simply hurried!! She's just been FUN!
Anyway, not a magic pill of course, as Christine reminds, but it's helping her and I wanted to share. I didn't think it'd work this well, so I'm happy!

8 comments:

Reighnie said...

That's great! I might have to give it a try again with mine or maybe up the dosage.

It's so great when our kids are regulated, isn't it?

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Loving the Mommy Life said...

I need to know more about Niacin. Is it something that you were able to try on your own or did you need a doctor to prescribe it? Is lab work needed? Do you have a site I can go to for more info? I have 3 with RAD and I'm wondering about a 4th, though he seems regulated more often. When he goes into disregulation he is firmly there and it is hard to get him back.

Unspeakable Joy said...

Yep, click the links in my post!

Christine said...

:)

Maybe one of these days we'll all convince the powers that be to do an actual study on what we all already know.

April said...

Okay, I'm new to your blog, but I'm trying to catch up here. I'm all about something to take the edge off so we can work through stuff instead of listening to her scream over the most minor of things ALL day long. If we could just have little things be easy maybe we could all deal with the big things easier. Maybe mama need Niacin. We have one with RAD and a newly adopted little sister that is really struggling because of her big sister and starting to freak over everything just because she sees Eliana doing it. They are almost 3 and 4.

Wife to the Rockstar said...

I am going to try with with my son. I am excited!

prosperitygirl said...

Ok... ladies... I could use some help... my 8 year old from Ethiopia has been here for 8 months... he has been hospitalized 5 times since December.. he attcks me constantly... he's on celexa and Risperdone... although docs are talking about changing meds.... I'd like to add niacin... and maybe some for my anxious 11 year old Bio son... can someone direct me to some solid info...
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