Posted by: Adrian | 2009-06-19


ADD and Ritilin

My daughter has ADD not ADHD.
She has been on Ritilin 20mg LA since grade 0.
She is now on Ritilin 40mg LA for the past 2 years and is now in grade 6.
The problem I have is that she is still to slow in class and cannot complete the work to be done at school during each class.
To do one sum should take about 3 minutes maximum, but she can be stuck on the same sum for 30 to 60 minutes.
It is not that she cannot do the work, but she is just very slow in completing the work.
Is there any other medication other than Ritilin that she can use?
She just has a concentration problem and works too slow when at school and when doing homework.


Expert's Reply


ADHD Expert

Dear Adrian,
It almost sounds as though the Ritalin is having 'too much' of an effect. Children for whom Ritalin is not appropriate often become zombie-like, seeming not to react to outside events. I am not saying this is the case with your daughter, but perhaps her dosage is too high? For those who do not react well to Ritalin, Concerta and Strattera are available. It is probably best to discuss her slow work speed with the medical professional who prescribes her Ritalin.
Best wishes,

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