Posted by: Anon Father query | 2009/09/23



Graag net wil weet wanneer kan n kind getoets word vir ADHD
op watter ouderdom en wie om na te gaan.Het n seun van 4 jaar
Die Pre-Priemere skooldring aan daty hy getoets word vir bogenoemde . Hy is n besige seun maar ek wil weet ook as op aanbeveeling van n dokter/spesislist of daar enige newe effekte van medikasie is soos bv conserta en hoe lank bly dit in sy systeem voor dit uit gewerk is.

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ADHD Expert

Dear Anon,
Apologies for the English reply - my Afrikaans is not good enough to answer you query adequately. There is large debate around diagnosing ADHD in children as young as your son. It is important to remember that children at four years of age are very active and if he is a little immature he will have difficulties concentrating which may improve as his maturity does. There are also environmental factors which could cause ADHD-like symptoms including allergies and an abnormally functioning thyroid. If he does have ADHD, there are treatment routes other than medication including change in diet, occupational therapy or neurofeedback. Regarding your question of how long Concerta stays in your system: it ranges from 6-12 hours depending on the child's metabolism. There are other medications available which remain in the system for longer; your paediatrician will be in the best position to determine which, if any, medication would be most suitable.
Kind regards.

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Posted by: Anon father | 2009/10/02

Thanks for reply doc. i took my son to pediator he recomend that he use RISPERDALE 1mg per day and after the first week to increase to 2 mg per day till he use 6 mg per day what is the affect of meds and how long stay it in his system what else must i look out for when he is on meds any negative effects and what posiotive effects there are . I need please all info positive and negative so i can know what to look out for ect.
As i told that he is 4 years old . how long before the meds start to work in his system. And how long before it is out his system.
He drink the meds at knight at 19 h 00 before sleeping time.

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