My grandsonsdo not get their Vyvance on weekends and school breaks. After a two day break when they return to school on Monday they are extremely unfocused and impulsive causing disruption in class and halls. Mom says its ok to give them break during these times. Teachers tell me that it takes 2 to 2 1/2 days for them to settle back in at school. Is this something a doctor would say is ok as Mom has indicated.
When my son was young and first diagnosed with ADHD I could not NOT give him his medication! I loved him but I honestly couldnt deal with his behavior without the medication! Later on, as he got older and his coping skills got better, I would let him not take the meds over weekends and holiday breaks and summer but he was much better by this time in his behavior control. It is really best for them to get their medication if they are showing behavior difficulties. I'm surprised that their behavior doesnt get to their mother. She needs to remember that their behavior effects all aspects of their lives including relationships with their peers. If they cant behave at friends homes, they will not be asked over and this can be devastating to a childs self esteem. I think she would find her life easier if she was consistent with their medications. Many parents are so very reluctant to medicate their children but ADHD effects so many aspects of their lives.
Like I mentioned, it can get to where friends wont invite them over and even family relationships can be strained by the kids behaviors and family can be reluctant to be around the family. I know for us, life was much better when our son was on his meds. There was much less behavior correction. We werent constantly griping at him to behave. He did his chores better and his relationships with his friends and our neighbors were better. She is really not doing them any favors by withholding their meds at this point. See if you can find out why she fears giving them the medications consistantly. The CHADD website is a great resource for parents (and grandparents) of ADD/ADHD children. It has a lot of good info and support on there. Many people are very fearful of giving their children stimulants but these stimulants dont act on ADHD childrens brains in the same manner that they would on a normal brain. Stimulants help the ADHD brain to filter unnecessary information and helps prevent the brain from going into overload meltdown. Once parents understand how these drugs actually work for a child, it can become easier for them to give them. Unmedicated ADHD children are much more likely to turn to smoking and illicit drugs than properly medicated children studies have shown. Many parent fear that by giving stimulants to young children they are setting them up to "like" drugs when they are older and the studies dont support this fear. Some parents also fear that their childrens appetites are affected by stimulants, and they can be but there are ways to work around this. I used to give my son protein shakes at bedtime for a snack to keep weight on him. Try to see if you can get your daughter to check out the CHADD website or perhaps you can print out info you think may help her. Once she fully understands this condition, it may help her to help her sons much more effectively.
When my son was on Vyvanse the Pediatrician told me it was ok to wean him off his meds for the summer or long Holidays only. To give him it again starting at the lowest dose and increasing it at the level he was using a week before school. It takes about 3 days for sure to start to feel like Vyvanse is working again.
- Vyvanse Information for Consumers
- Vyvanse Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Vyvanse (detailed)
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