Posted by: Ali | 2019/03/14


When Ritalin doesn't work?

What do you do, when ritalin doesn't work? We first tried the 10 and then 20m..grades keeps on falling, I feel helpless to my son...My son 9 and Gr 3. He's back on 10mg in morning and 10mg afternoon. He interacts good with friends, has a good knowlegde and participate very well in topic's- He's main issue is struggling to concentrate. To do it on paper..he cannot focus like he's authentic...while on medication. Peadiatrician said, there nothing he can do, just give meds how its needed. Ritalin is not please

Expert's Reply


ADHD Expert
- 2019/03/18

Please consult with a psychiatrist for a review of your son's medication, especially the dose and dosing schedule. A different formulation, e.g. OROS or MUPS methylphenidate can also be considered. Plese remember that medication should never be used in isolation - your son should also follow a healthy diet, sleep enough, and exercise. Furthermore, it is important that he is taught the necessary skills (e.g. study methods, time management and organizational skills) to be able to concentrate and work (eventually) independently. Class room interventions are also important.

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