ADHD

Question
Posted by: Anon | 2018/01/12

Q.

Concerta dn Ritalin

Good day. Just want to ask something for interest sake. My son is on 27mg concerta. We give it early in the mornings around 6 so that by the time school starts he is calm and focused. However, by 6 at night the effects wear off, and then he still has to go to rugby practice and wrestling. So by then he's not really concentrating anymore, and it seems as if whatever the coaches teach, doesn't really sink in. So i'm wondering, is it possible to give say a 4 hour ritalin for then? or should the two not be mixed? i'm so scared to give him ritalin, because he is doing so well on the concerta. He is still very bubbly and talkative and funny, but to a less crazy extent. should we rather give 8 hour and 4 hour ritalin? i'm confused i don't know what to do. He is staring gr 1 this year and needs to be focused when school starts, but then we struggle at night with his sports.

Expert's Reply

A.

ADHD Expert
- 2018/01/14

Your son is still very young to receive Concerta and a top-up Ritalin. Furthermore, he should be in bed by 8pm! Sport after 6pm for a Gr1 pupil is not the best idea... Giving Ritalin so late could also interfere with his sleeping. Please discuss the options with his psychiatrist/paediatrician.

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