My 7 year old daughter (will be 8 next month) was on Adderall, but she was so emotional and had such extreme facial tics we asked the doctor to switch her medication. She has been on Metadate CD for three weeks now, and because she is still having trouble focusing after lunchtime during school the doctor keeps 'upping' her dosage. We are now at 60 mg. per day. I am wondering if this is even a normal dosage. Most people writing reviews are saying their child is on 10 to 20 mg. I am thinking of getting a second opinion.
For children age three to five, Adderall should be started at Adderall 2.5 mg daily. This dose may be increased by 2.5 mg daily every week if needed.
For children age six and older, Adderall should be started at Adderall 5 mg once or twice a day. The dose may be increased by 5 mg every week if needed. In general, the dosage of Adderall should not be more than 40 mg per day total. The first dose of the day should be taken first thing in the morning. If taking Adderall two or three times a day, the next doses should be given after four to six hours.
It is a good decision to seek a second opinion, always safe & better, hope your child gets well soon, wish her all the best.
I hope this response finds you and your child doing well. I looked up some information on the new medication. I copied some warnings about Metadate. It also said that the initial starting dose is 10mg-20mg. Then it can be increased by 10mg per week to a maximum dosage of 60mg. So it does sound as if your daughter is on the maximum dosage and old enough to safely take it. However, if she is still having trouble focusing, please seek a second opinion as recommended by Rajive.
My best wishes to you and your family,
Metadate CD Controlled-Release Capsules may affect growth rate and weight gain in CHILDREN and teenagers in some cases. They may need regular growth and weight checks while they take Metadate CD Controlled-Release Capsules.
Caution is advised when using Metadate CD Controlled-Release Capsules in CHILDREN; they may be more sensitive to its effects, especially loss of appetite, stomach pain, weight loss, trouble sleeping, and fast heartbeat.
Metadate CD Controlled-Release Capsules should not be used in CHILDREN younger than 6 years old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
My son is 7 he'll be 8 in Dec he has been on Metadate Cd 50 for a while now..30mg was okay for a while but he kept getting a lot of trouble at school for not paying attention & following directions. So I went to 50mg & its been very helpful. I get 20mg & I get 30mg so that on Saturday's he's okay to take to Wal-Mart & 20 for Sunday's at Church & so he'll eat dinner afterwards- since its a 8hr med..But he has to has something that's kinda strong to work or he'll just be way to active & talkative.
We're now trying adding Straterra to his dinner at nights 18mg..one week... 25next week 40 next... to see if he can be taken off the stimulant all together (wish us well) so far nothing has changed with Straterra.. this is trial & error period right now.If it doesnt work we're sticking with the Metadate for sure..I've tried Concerta, Adderall & Vyvance for him & I didn't like the mood swings & unnessesary crying.. The only reason I would like to try Straterra is because its a non stimulant & because of this cough he had (tick) they sometimes get from symptoms(its not bad) but I try not to give him anything on weekends when this starts happening to give his body a break..each child is different..so if she's blinking to much or picking you really need to look into changing or lowering the dose 1st. Previously I would give him a 30 in the am with breakfast & have the school give it to him the 20mg after lunch..so that his afternoons would go better with after school care(but after the summer & school started back I havn't done that so far this year. But for now 50 is doing fine for my 7yr old & I love the Metadate a lot better than the others
My son is 6. His dosage is 25mg and it worked initially. We are now going to see his Dr about an increase. His Dr did say that even 50mg is a safe dosage for a five year old. I hope this helps. All children function at different levels and you are the one who can determine best what works for her.
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