Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: BMJ | 2009/06/10

Q.

Concerta

Doc, my 8y old son is on 20mg LA Ritalin, but we have found that we really battle with homework after sport because it is worked out of his system. Our pead suggested we try Concerta because it works for longer. He said we will try 18mg first, but thought the dosage may be to low. It was - he really battled at school. Now we have to put him onto the 36mg dosage. He weighs 30kgs and 135cm tall. We defin need a longer acting meds, I am just concerned that the jump from 20 to 36mg may be to radical. What is your opinion.

PS (Our son has adhd and does very well on Ritalin)

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

This dose of 36mg now is safe for your son and well within the recommended dose range. The maximum dose for Concerta is 54mg once daily.

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