My 15 year old daughter is resisting taking her medications (depression, anxiety, mild ADHD) and while I can sympathise, I do worry about her taking Ritalin somedays and not others - prescribed dosage of 30mg. We can't get an appointment with her psychiatrist for a few weeks. Is there a risk in taking it haphazardly?
I take my adderall usually everyday, but if I'm not doing anything during the weekends I won't take it. Sometimes I just don't want to focus. what other meds does she take? I can't take "normal" anti-depressants or anti-anxiety bc the side effects have been very negative towards me. I take xanax which you have to maintain levels, but the others like ssri's can make you do more irrational things. That stuff vs the ADHD meds are more important to take. They say you can withdrawal from the adhd, you gotta a week without it. My sister had a rough time taking her meds at that age too. My parents had to really get on her about it. Actually had to give them to her whenever she was suppose to take them. Your not the only one.
No risk at all in skipping doses or stopping all together. For real. I mean talk to the doctor before stopping, but my son takes adderall through the school year, only sometimes on the weekends, and rarely through the summer. His doctor says the less he takes it and the more he goes without it the better. Big pharma wants you to think all medications must be taken everyday for all eternity, but in reality most medications are only supposed to help you along until your body gets back on track so to speak.
My daughter m who is now 12 was diagnosed with adhd at age 5 and has been prescribed methylphenidate or methylphenidate time release (concerta) ever since. Her Dr said she was perfectly fine to take a break from them on non-school days, like weekends, spring break and even all summer. When she was younger I didn't do this but now I do. She needs to be able to calm down and focus for school but is fine other times. The side effects for her are loss of appetite and diarrhea. She just recently had her dose decreased for that reason.
- Ritalin Information for Consumers
- Ritalin Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Ritalin (detailed)
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