ADHD

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Posted by: Blommie | 2011/06/13

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6year old struggling to swallow meds

Hi

My 6 year old son was diagnosed with ADHD last week. Doc precribed Concerta 18mg. My son has no problem to take his meds because he knows it''s helping him, the problem is he can''t swallow it. It is a time release capsule that needs to be swallowed. The only way to get it down his throat is when I crush it and on a teaspoon of peanut butter. Is the meds still as effective? I want to try a pill swollowing cup, but don''t know where to buy it. Should Doc precribe something else that is easier to swallow?
Thank in advance

Expert's Reply

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ADHD Expert

Dear Blommie,

As far as am aware, crushing Concerta reduces its efficacy. Please consult with your prescribing doctor on how you can assist you son to take his meds; I am sure s/he has had to deal with this topic before and will be in a better position than I to make a recommendation.

Kind regards,
Delia

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Posted by: ADD/ADHD Expert | 2011/06/14

Dear Blommie,

As far as am aware, crushing Concerta reduces its efficacy. Please consult with your prescribing doctor on how you can assist you son to take his meds; I am sure s/he has had to deal with this topic before and will be in a better position than I to make a recommendation.

Kind regards,
Delia

Reply to ADD/ADHD Expert
Posted by: BMJ | 2011/06/13

Dear Blommie - you must not crush the concerta - the capsule is what makes it slow releasing. I can advise the following as a mom who also had to deal with it.
1. Before he has the tablet, he must first have a sip of water.
2. The tablet get put as far back as he can without swallowing or gagging.
3. A mouthfull of juice.water. Keep it all in and look up to the sky and swallow.

After a few hit and miss practices they learn or put the pill on a spoonfull of icecream and it slides down easy/peazy.

DO NOT CRUSH CONCERTA.

Hope you come right.
BMJ

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