Posted by: BMJ | 2009/09/23


Report and concerta


My 8 old son is on 36mg concerta for adhd. He responds very well to it. We moved him from 20mg LA Ritalin at the end of term 2. We received his report and although he still did very well, he has had a slight regression in some areas. His teacher mentioned that his concentration was not as good as it was and he has made careless mistakes - not because he does not know the work, but because he was not concentrating. I find the concerta is fine for his afternoon homework. Do you think it would be ok to talk to his paed about the possibility of an additional 5mg short acting in the mornings only (on top of the concerta). I dont think he needs the 52mg concerta yet.

Thank you

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ADHD Expert

Dear BMJ,
It is absolutely ok, and necessary, to speak to your paediatrician about this. S/he only sees your son at check ups while you and his teachers see him on a daily basis. Your input is vital.
Best wishes.

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Posted by: Eric | 2009/09/23

I take a 5mg Ritalin in the morning with 52mg Concerta and the Ritalin makes a big difference and it helps. Also sport and exercise helps a lot too.

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