ADHD

Question
Posted by: Joe Pragasam | 2017/09/16

Q.

Ritilin,

My 8 year granson is on retalin , he is an above average but the teachers insist  he takes this drug , how safe is this drug . Thank you

Expert's Reply

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ADHD Expert
- 2017/09/24

No one should be using any medication if it is not clinically indicated (i.e. why use antibiotics if there is no infection?). The first step is to confirm whether your grandson indeed has ADHD. If so, and if medication is indicated, then Ritalin may be considered. See http://renataschoeman.co.za/is-adhd-a-fairytale/  (specifically "myth 7") with regard to the safety of methylphenidate. 

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Posted by: Garin | 2017/09/24

Teachers are not qualified to diagnose anything for which ch Ritalin may be used. Hyperactive children are not necessarily ADHD and should not be judged purely by their behaviour. There are a litany of other biological factors to first consider. A child psychologist can make an initial assessment.. but I would still have a psychiatrist who specialises in the treatment of children for a final evaluation and then determine what dosages are appropriate. There is not a medical expert alive today, who can actually account for where the maximum dosages in methylphenidate treatment even come from. (as listed in the desktop physicians guide) Therapeutically effective treatment levels should always be individually assessed.

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