Posted by: nadia | 2009/04/01


must I put my 10 year old on ritalin

Must Ritalin be my only option or my 10 year old son-did try all the herbal stuff.How do I know if that is the best for my child considering all the side effects.

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ADHD Expert

Dear Nadia,
Ritalin is an option, it need not be the only one. Your GP or paediatrician is in the best position to advise you on the best course of treatment for your son. They may refer you to a neurologist for a second opinion. There are a number of negative stories out there relating to medication for ADD but the drugs were created for a purpose. A number of people with bad experiences with Ritalin are due to Ritalin being the wrong medication for them, either because of an inaccurate diagnosis or a biological intolerance to it (certain people can take Paracetamol but not asprin). Other medications available are Strattera and Concerta. There are a number of other treatments out there if you do not wish to go the medication route. Ultimately, the decision is yours and your son's; no one should try to influence you in either direction.
All the best,

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Posted by: Murtle | 2009/04/02

Has your son being tested yet>  In other words has he being to an educational pyschologist. If not first do that then take it from there. I was also in the same situation as you. Tried all the herbal things did not work in the end I had to put my son on ritalin and I have never looked back. But first have him assessed

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