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My son is 6 yo and was diagnosed with ADHD combined type and ODD last year. He has been taking Intuniv since last October. It worked wonders and then slowly seemed to lose effect. He is having trouble focusing in school again. He gets very frustrated with assignments and sitting still. While he doesn’t take his aggression out on other children as often as he used to, he will rip up his work or kick chairs. His psychiatrist has recommended Metadate to be given in the morning to help him focus at school. I am really nervous because it is a stimulant, unlike Intuniv and I know nothing about it. Can anyone share their experience with Metadate?


And your psych did not consider increasing the dose of Intuiv?  Did he weigh him?  Kids at this age grow fast and more body mass needs more medication to remain at the same level of effectiveness.

Posted by YellaRyan on Feb 05, 2014 at 7:12am

Well we have already increased intuniv a few times. Started at 1mg and currently at 3mg. He is only about 48 lbs.

Posted by irishswedeheart on Feb 05, 2014 at 7:18am

Hi irishswedeheart!

There’s a thread on Metadate over on our Medication & Treatment Reviews Forum: You may find those discussions useful.

Metadate is a time-release form of methylphenidate (Ritalin and Concerta are also the same). My son started with metadate when he was 6, but it didn’t last through the school day for him. We did see great results for him when it was working though.

Here’s an FAQ on Ritalin, which will give you basic facts about all methylphenidates, including metadate:

ADDconnect Moderator & Mom to Tween Boy with ADHD and LDs

Posted by adhdmomma on Feb 05, 2014 at 6:27pm

My son had great success with Metadate for over two years, but we DID have to increase the dose regularly.  He finally maxed out and it wasn’t working past noon, so we had to switch.  We have not found anything that works that well since, and we have tried numerous other meds.  Too bad it stopped working. :(

Each child is different, so all you can do is try. My son has a HUGE focus/inattention issue, but no behavior issues, and it did help focus for a while. 

Good luck!

Posted by JAMurphy on Feb 05, 2014 at 7:55pm

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