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ADHD

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Posted by: | 2019/08/20

Q.

ADHD medication

Good day. My 5 year old son has been diagnosed with ADHD for Hyperactivity and Impulsiveness. He is currently on 18mg Neucon but we find that it only kicks in about 4 hours after taking it. He was on the 27mg but we found he acted a bit weird so we lowered the dosage but the lowered dosage doesn't seem to work in the mornings either. We started off on Methalphenidate from March but that made him very angry and aggressive. We switched to Neucon in July and this works much better, however it does take too long to activate. It works from about 10h30 till the evening. Can you give me any advice please?

Expert's Reply

A.

ADHD Expert
- 2019/08/20

The preference for managing such a young child is to be conservative and to focus on OT, classroom intervention, and behaviour modification. Only if that fails, then we would start methylphenidate - preferrably short-acting, and later on longer acting formulations (as he grows older). It is strange that the Neucon only "kicks in" after 4 hours - please discuss with his doctor. Consider supplementing with omega 3 and 6, and if no effect, consider genetic testing for which medication he will respond to better.

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