Parents of ADHD Children
Have any of your children been given more than 60mg ritalin a day
My DS is 8 years old and has high functioning autism and ADHD (moderate to severe combined type). He is currently on 50mg short acting ritalin a day. For the first year of taking it his dose increased quite a lot but it has stabilised at this dose for a year now. It seems to suit him and he does not have any side effects from it. We tried concerta but it did not work for him. I am getting a bit worried though as I am concerned about where we will end up with his dosage as he grows. He has a very good psychiatrist who has assured me that there are always new meds to try and that you can go above 60mg ritalin if needed. I am concerned about the idea of doing this though.
Without his meds, he is very hyper (not aggressive though) and can not concentrate at all to the point where he can not be in a mainstream classroom without them. He was in special school before he was diagnosed with ADHD and having behavioural therapy but he was still very loud and disruptive in class. The way I have looked at the meds is that it is enabling him to progress massively developmentally as he has benefitted so much from being able to access mainstream school. He has behavioural therapy too but frankly unless he is medicated attempting behavioural therapy is ineffective with him.
As I say I am worried that we have little wriggle room medication wise before we hit 60mg. So I was wondering what others experiences are of how much doses go up with age and if anyone has had a child on a high dose like mine or gone over 60mg a day and how you have found it to be? Do ADHD Children get less hyper with age?
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