Posted by: Lynn | 2009/03/30


Son on Ritalin

Hi there...2 years we were told that my 10year old son is ADHD, we had him by an Educational Pyscholigist and then by a Paediatrician he was put on Retalin. At first it worked well on him but now i have noticed that his marks are dropping terribly , gets very moody and his behaviour is driving us moment he is well behaved and the next he is naughty.He has also started to lie and lies about everything, please give me advice on what i should do.......He was never like this...Should i go back to his Paediatrician or what?????????? I dont think that the Retalin is working anymore......

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ADHD Expert

Dear Lynn,
Every person who is on Ritalin should have their dosage assessed every six months. This is especially true for children as their dosage often needs to be adjusted as their weight increases or decreases; puberty can also change the way the medication works as the bodies hormones are changing. I strongly suggest going back to the paediatrician with your concerns; it may be time for a change in the dosage or even a change of medication.
Kind regards,

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Posted by: Murtle | 2009/03/31

I think you should take him back to the doctor. Maybe his dosage needs to be adjusted. He might be moody because his marks arent so good that also can account for the lying. Have you spoken to his teacher to found out if anything is happening at school. My son is also ADD. I have tried Ritalin, then concerta and then strattera. I have now put him back on Ritalin. His marks arent great at all. You must remember Ritalin doesnt make them clever or take away any learning Disabilitys (if they have any). It just helps them to function better. My son has a few learning problems, which we have to work at on a daily basis. My son is 15yrs old. Talk to your son found out if anything is bothering him.

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Posted by: Lynn | 2009/03/30

Hi there Dr... Sorry for the misprint but my son is not ADHD but ADD.....

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