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Posted by Mary on January 15, 2000 at 23:24:32:

In Reply to: Re: customary doses for stimulants posted by Theresa on January 15, 2000 at 07:33:20:

: : My son has been taking Ritalin for 6 mos. He started at 10 mg and is now at 20 mg. We have not seen any improvement at all. In fact, his behavior at school is much worse to the point of being out of control. We have tried everything - reward, punish, organizational help, etc. for several years at our at our wits end. What is a typical dose for stimulants? Should we be looking at other medications? I've heard that a lot of the other medications cause so many side effects and that some require regular monitoring of vital statistics? Any advice?

: I tried my daughter on Ritalin 3 different times hoping it would work better as she got older. It did not. Some kids just cannot take Ritalin. When my daughter had Ritalin, she became a very angry little girl- the littlest things set her off. She was much harder for me to deal with on Ritalin than without Ritalin. She is on adderall now and doing remarkable. Ask your MD to try adderall- it lasts 5-7 hours and there are no side effects.

A word of caution regarding Theresa's post. She mentions that adderall has no side effects and this is not true. It has fewer side effects than most ADD drugs but still has some.

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