My 5 year old grandson was labled ADD he is taking methylphenidate long lasting (8) hours his parents don't give it to him on the weekneds. is that a right thing to do. i'm on a medication that is that way and when i don't take it i get sick. let me know thank you
There are two schools of thought on this. Some feel that the child should have the medication all the time. Focus and thought are needed for your non school time relationships too. Some people feel it gives the kid a break and allows their appetite back so they can get needed calories (some childrens appetites are really affected by this medication.) I think you really have to consider the child. Is his relationships with others affected by his ADHD/ADD? Is he able to control himself? It can hurt his relationships with his peers if he is impulsive and cant wait his turn and be able to interact with others. Kids have definite ideas about how their peers should act! They shun other kids who do not fit into their ideal. You also have to consider the adults in the childs life. If the adults cant stand his behaviors off medications that it not good for the child either. So a lot depends on his behaviors and relationships with others. If none of these are affected when he is off medications then it makes you wonder if he truly needs it in the first place. My son was ADHD and he was hard to handle without meds when he was young. You can bet I gave it daily! The difference was astonishing! As he grew older and began to learn to cope better, I started letting him not take it on weekends and holidays and summer vacations.
- Methylphenidate Information for Consumers
- Methylphenidate Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Methylphenidate (detailed)
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