He won't take his medication!

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Registered: 11-30-2009
He won't take his medication!
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Wed, 08-25-2010 - 10:31am

I am Heidi and new to this board.

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Registered: 05-05-2003
Wed, 08-25-2010 - 11:22am

would a love and logic approach work?

If you don't take your medication that is helping you w/ ABC list examples of what he got in trouble for at school yesterday, then maybe I have to figure out a different way to help you w/ your impulsive or staying forcused etc.. And the one way i do know can help is to make sure your getting enough exercise running off that energy (if he is hyperactive), lack of stimulants like screen time etc. Just an example, change terminology as you see fit. Stick w/ it and just keep saying the same thing over and over when he asks to watch TV, video games etc...

good luck I'm sure you probably already tried it, I just immediately thought of how we planned to deal w/ our middle schooler if he does have to go the medication route.


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Registered: 11-13-2008
Wed, 08-25-2010 - 11:25am

We had a hard time getting our son adjusted to taking the pills, he was a lot older, but has an awful gag reflux.

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Registered: 06-10-2007
Wed, 08-25-2010 - 12:11pm

Poor kid!


I know first hand that Focalin tastes HORRIBLE. So is it the taste? DD learned to swallow pills fairly young, so maybe trying to teach him that will help?


We used Tic Tacs for my oldest, she was 11 and could not swallow a pill. Once she matsered swallowing a tic tac, we moved to Plain M&M's. If she swallowed 2 she got 4...


There is also the "you didn't take your meds so you cannot do XYZ", it helps, but you have to pick your battles.

A child may HAVE ADHD, but it is not what they ARE. Never tell a child they ARE ADHD.

A child may HAVE ADHD, but it is not what they ARE. Never tell a child they ARE ADHD.

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Registered: 11-10-2003
Thu, 08-26-2010 - 3:44pm
Do you have a feeling as to whether it is a behavioral issue ie he just doesn't like it or doesn't want to take it, or does it really make him feel sick? If you think it's behavior, maybe try a reward system. Sticker chart for each day he takes it. Stickers each day earn a small reward at the end of the week. If you think that he really can't take it, you could ask about Daytrana, the patch.
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Registered: 10-10-2007
Fri, 08-27-2010 - 9:08am

I don't know why he won't take it!

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-09-2009
Fri, 08-27-2010 - 10:01am
Well, what does he like to do? Does he like to watch tv, or is there a favourite toy that he plays with, or maybe he loves riding his bike. The new deal is that he has to take his meds (and without vomiting them back up) before he gets whatever it is that he likes to do. It's the same idea as requiring a child to get dressed, or eat, or make their bed before doing something fun.
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Registered: 11-10-2003
Fri, 08-27-2010 - 10:07am
I think the patch is worn on the hip, so under clothing/underwear. So, hopefully he would forget about it. The CL has experience with the patch so maybe she'll be able to offer some advice. We've had good results at that age with the reward chart so I would definitely try. Keep us posted!
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Registered: 06-10-2007
Fri, 08-27-2010 - 3:28pm

If he refuses to take it for you, but takes it for someone else just fine then he is playing you. It is a Power struggle, and one you have to win.


I would take away privileges if he doesn't take it, or makes himself vomit( they CAN vomit at will, DD was a pro). For example, "If you take your meds nicely then after school you can

A child may HAVE ADHD, but it is not what they ARE. Never tell a child they ARE ADHD.

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Registered: 03-31-2003
Mon, 08-30-2010 - 6:37pm

My daughter has been on Focalin XR for 3 yrs now.


Lori


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Registered: 06-10-2007
Mon, 08-30-2010 - 6:55pm
It's Citrus that can affect the way the meds work, but fats are encouraged. They can however prolong the release of some meds, so too much isn't a good idea. A little Ice cream isn't going to affect meds though.

A child may HAVE ADHD, but it is not what they ARE. Never tell a child they ARE ADHD.

A child may HAVE ADHD, but it is not what they ARE. Never tell a child they ARE ADHD.

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