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Posted by: tracey | 2009/10/15

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concerta regulation

a friend' s son (7) is on 18mg concerta. I am very concerned as she doesnt give it to him over weekends and holidays when he is with his grandmother. SHe says he " doesnt need it then as he is not at school" . The child runs wild, literally charging up and down through the house. He cant sit still, even to eat. Is this normal? she is adamant that the neurologist said its ok to do that. it doesnt seem right to me at all.

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ADHD Expert

Dear Tracey,
It is perfectly acceptable for children not to take Concerta over the weekends; it does him no harm, he 'merely' has more energy and less focus than when on Conerta. If his grandmother has great difficulty in managing him, perhaps he should not spend as much time there, or she may wish to speak to the child's mother.
Kind regards.

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Posted by: BMJ | 2009/10/20

Tammy, if he responded like that to Concerta he should defin not be on it. My son is not at all like that. He still plays like normal, on the trampline, cricket, rugby, outside, inside - with friends etc - he is just not all over the place - he plays like a normal kid as opposed to a 2 y old on steroids without concerta.


Concerta is not a cure all for all. My second son is also very hyper, but does not have a concentration problem and he gets very emotional (we did a trial of 2 days of Ritalin) and we stopped because he did not respond to it the way my other son did. So we had to learn to deal with his business differently.


BMJ

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Posted by: Tammy | 2009/10/20

i think your friend has the right thinking. My 7yr old son WAS on concerta and i didnt like the person he became. He was very withdrawn and stayed away from people all day. He became very emotionally and lost a lot of weight as he refused to eat.

By the second week of concerta i stopped it without even letting the doctors know. He is hyper active. always jumping around but which kid isnt hyper? Instead natural meds help with his ADHD. He can focus on tasks and works perfectly.

ALL children should left to run wild.. Blow off a little steam. And they need extra love and attention... run with them... scream with them... its not all that bad!

ps: my mom takes care of my boy when i at work and she too also agreed to chuck the concerta out!!!

Seems as though no one has the patience for this poor child.

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Posted by: ADD/ADHD Expert | 2009/10/20

Dear Tracey,
It is perfectly acceptable for children not to take Concerta over the weekends; it does him no harm, he 'merely' has more energy and less focus than when on Conerta. If his grandmother has great difficulty in managing him, perhaps he should not spend as much time there, or she may wish to speak to the child's mother.
Kind regards.

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Posted by: BMJ | 2009/10/15

The people around the child suffers much more than the child does. He will come to no harm not having his meds over weekends. The medication calms his hyperactivity and helps him to focus which is essential for school - but not outside of school. I give my son his meds even on holidays and weekends because he is exactly like that little boy without it and it is very unpleasant for everyone else and he is constantly in trouble. If I was the child' s grandmother I would tell the mom to look after him herself if she is not prepared to give him his medication. My son cannot control his activity without his medication and neither can this little boy.

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