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Switching from quillivant
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My son has been on quillivant for 2 years. He has severe combo ADHD. However, he has grown a lot, and we are lately seeing a dose that controls his hyperactivity is a little too high from a cognitive point of view (starts hyperfocusing or being a little out of it). Has anyone encountered this and what medication did you switch to?

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The new ADDitude website has a treatment reviews section where you can read all about the different medications: https://www.additudemag.com/category/explore-adhd-treatments/treatment-reviews/.

Your child will have a completely different reaction to individual medications than another child. So, input from others isn’t going to necessarily tell you which medication will be the most successful change for your son.

The great thing about Quillivant (https://www.additudemag.com/medication/quillivant-xr/) is that you can change the dosage ever so slightly since it’s liquid. Talk to the prescribing doctor about the possibility of reducing just slightly to reduce cognitive fog but still get benefits.

Most individuals do well on one type of stimulant or the other, but not both: https://www.additudemag.com/stimulant-medications-for-adhd/. It sounds like your son does get some benefits from methylphenidate, so your doctor will likely choose from the same type for the change.

Here’s more on changing ADHD medication:
https://www.additudemag.com/time-to-switch-to-a-new-adhd-medication/

Penny
ADDitude Community Moderator, Author & Mentor on Parenting ADHD, Mom to teen w/ ADHD, LDs, and autism

Posted by adhdmomma on May 02, 2017 at 12:51pm

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