ADHD

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Posted by: Lesley | 2009-10-02

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My son and ADHD

My son was diagnosed with ADD and goes a school that caters for it. He just started on Ritalin and the teachers say they have seen a difference.I dont give him at home as theres no need really for it. He is in grade 4.What I want to know is how often do I need to take him back to the doctor for check-ups and what happens then...what exactly are the check-ups for? Also the pharmacy said I can only get a prescription for one month at a time and will need to go to the Doctor monthly for a new prescription,would that mean my son should be getting assessed monthly? Sorry for all the questions, just want to know how often he should go for assessments and what should I expect the doctor to do.
Many Thanks for the advise

Expert's Reply

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ADHD Expert

Dear Lesley,
Check ups should be done every 6 months. This is to ensure that his dosage always remains optimal in terms of increased concentration, and allows for monitoring of side effects such as decreased appetite. Your doctor is likely to check on his general health as well as get feedback from you regarding his concentration and school performance. As he does not take Ritalin while at home it is important for his school to provide you with any and all changes he may experience, including aggression, emotional state etc.
Best wishes.

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Posted by: B | 2009-10-05

Lesley, the reason you need a new script every month as opposed to a repeat is because Ritalin is a sch 6 drug and by law the pharmacist can only dispense it on a new original script. My pead gives me a new one monthly (but I phone for it - I dont have to go and see him every month). My pead said we have to bring our son in every 6 months to evaluate his growth - as it affects his appetite and we must make sure he grows properly. We have been fine to date. Also as children grow taller and heavier, their medication needs adjustment accordingly.


Regards

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