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Posted by stan on February 05, 2000 at 22:11:04:

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.

I have to agree with the above person.
Each person is different with different needs. It would be so nice if everyone responded equally with Ritalin @ 20 mg or whatever some non-add person decided it should be. Since they don't, the chemicals listed below were formulated. Many of these work to curb ADD or they have synergistic applications with respect to ADD.

Back to your question. Medication levels vary with the person. 5mg may be sufficient for one person, but higher doses may be what is necessary for others. Your child may only need the next dose up and wonderful effects may be realized when the lower dose was miserably ineffective.
OTHER Medications used.
Dexedrine, Adderal, Cylert, Norpramin, Catapres,Wellbutrin,Ludiomil, Prozac,
Lithium, Tegretol, Depakote, Corgard, Inderal, Anafranil, Zoloft and many more. I take a combination of Adderal and Wellbutrin. I took Ritalin and Prozac for nearly ten years before recently switching. The medication I am using now is better but I believe that some adjustment is still necessary.


I believe I have not suffered from any significant side affects and I consider my physical and mental ability to rival any individual. There are limits to my ability as there are to just about everyone else.

People with ADD are also known not to give up easily. They possess unique personality traits that average thinking people wished they could harness. Your child one day may be the next Ben Franklin, Mozart, or Dustin Hoffman. These peoply most likely have or had ADD.

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