I am going through a custody battle and my ex husband has put our child on medication but, refuses to tell me what kind. He took adderall she said "my dad takes it". He is not sending it with the child for extended weekend visits. During these weekend visits she is melting down very emotional. I have no other information currently and he has petitioned the court to not allow me acess. I just need to know if this is dangerous for my childs over all health?
Should ADD medication be taken daily or as needed?
- 28 May 2014 by Bobbi Connell
- 28 May 2014
Wow, it sounds like you have a lot on your plate. If in fact, as I understand it, your ex-husband is taking your child's Adderall then this is a matter of narcotic drug diversion, and you may wish to speak to a lawyer to address it. If your daughter seems physically healthy, I see no reason to worry about her overall health. Of course her treatment may be compromised if she is not taking her ADD medication. Generally speaking, Adderall is used in children to help with classroom performance or other activities requiring extended spans of attention. You would want to follow-up with her teachers to determine how she is doing at school. Hope this helps.
He's definately got some kind of problem if he wants to deny you access to her care. Many kids only take it when they are going to school, so it won't hurt her, but if he's taking it there's a problem there. Is your child old enough to be telling you the facts?
Adderall is not really considered "aggressive" treatment in children. Stimulants are commonly used for ADHD. Some children take them only for school and some take them every day. It is usually best that they take them every day as their social lives are effected by ADHD symptoms as well as their academic lives. Children who cant follow in with societies conception of normal behavior will be ostracized and have trouble maintaining friendships. For example, if your child cannot "take turns" (and this is VERY common amonst ADHD children) it is a Big Deal to other children and they will not want to play with her and may possibly make fun or insult her. Kids (and even many adults) can be very mean to others who are "different". If she is emotional and having melt downs then she likely needs the medications every day.
If your child is telling you "Dad takes it" I am wondering if she means that he is using her medications and not giving them to her especially in light of the fact that he is not sending you her medications when she is with you for extended stays. That is something to clarify because if he is taking her medications that is an illegal activity and your lawyers should be notified of this activity.If she is not getting her medications, it wont harm her physically but id she has been taking it daily for some time, she can feel "withdrawal" effects when she suddenly stops the medications for a few days so she wont "feel well" when she is not taking it when her body is used to getting the medicine. Have you told your ex that your daughter doesnt feel well or do well emotionally when he doesnt send her medications to be given at your home?
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