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Parents of ADHD Teens and Young Adults

Two1 yr. old grandson taking too much Ritalin
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Grandson spent 2 weeks with his dad. Called saying he ran out of Ritalin. My first thought was someone in their house had taken them ( they have several young adults living in the house). I took him a few more, and when I received second call from grandson that he had ran out I confronted him. He admitted he had been taking too many, because he was not getting the “feeling” he usually gets when he takes it. I will make appt. with psych. to see about possible med. change. Anyone had same problem? He has been taking 20mg three times a day for quite a long time. He started ADHD meds when he was 7, and has tried many over the years. The Ritalin has helped for the longest period of time. Thanks for your help, Sharon

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Sorry meant 21 year old grandson.

Posted by johnh12345 on May 09, 2017 at 11:00pm

These things change over time. People have to make adjustments. Taking him to the psychiatrist is wise.

Posted by John Tucker, PhD, ACG. ADHD Coach on May 10, 2017 at 12:57am

Meds need to be adjusted periodically. Like John said, taking him to the psychiatrist is wise.

Posted by Abner on May 10, 2017 at 12:14pm

***I highly encourage you to post this question to ADDitude’s new discussion forums, as well. I think your question would get a lot of attention in the Teens & Young Adults forum:  https://www.additudemag.com/forums/forum/parenting-adhd-kids/teens-young-adults/. ADDconnect is transitioning over to this new forum now.***

Definitely address his abuse of medication. Taking it to get a certain “feeling” seems to signify the start of abusing the medication.

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

Posted by adhdmomma on May 10, 2017 at 1:29pm

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