I have a 6yr old son, has been taking focalin XR for 6 days. his weight is 83 lb and 50.5 inches, he is so big for his age, first four days we gave him 5mg as directed but we saw no change no difference, then we call doctor and indicated to double the dose to 10mg. on the fifth day, and surprisely the tracher called us amazed for his behevoir and conduct, he was so focused and concentrated, we were so happy for that, but the sixth day we gave him 10mg again and simply no effect again, he came back to his previous attitude, no interested jumping every were and protesting everything. of course I will talk to the doctor but anyone knows if this is normal?, should I wait a little bit more to have results?
He probably needs his dose raised again. Once he gets to the right dosage, the good days should be most days. If he keeps acting up but only in the afternoons, he may need a small "booster" dose of short acting stimulant at lunch. Some kids metabolize very quickly. I know what you are going through. My youngest was so ADHD and just WILD. If I could bottle that energy for adults, I'd be wealthy, right? My son was 7 when we started giving him the meds but he probably needed them much sooner. I used to dread picking him up, from as early as preschool he used to fill a legal sized paper with his "infractions"! We used Concerta and it worked great! He went from me going in meeting with the principal, the teacher, the school psychologist, the administrator (and a whole roomful of school "authorities") on what we were going to do about his behavior to his being "student of the month" the month after we started meds. It gets so much better but the meds dont make things perfect. You still have rough days (weeks, sometimes even months! lol) I can laugh now but it certainly wasnt funny then! My older son was ADD but he didnt have the behavior issues my youngest did. His was just a focus problem. They are both young adults now and neither needs the meds anymore. They have learned to cope but it was a wild ride getting here! If you ever need to talk, feel free to send me a private message. I've probably been there done that ! lol
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