losing effectiveness on add/adhd drugs
HI we have a 7 year old DS with ADD (slight ADHD) -- he started taking Ritalin (April of 2002) once in the morning (this is before they had the time release one)saw an drastic improvement 1st day and also was in AM Kindergarten (we didn't tell school he started and received 100 % // Excellent // Way To Go -- on all class work/homework) and then the summer we kept it once a day -- School started and we started it 2x a day -- he had trouble when it was time for his next dosage -- (about 1 hr before the dose to 1.5 hours after the dose). So we switched him to Concerta 18mg -- this was working great saw an improvement right away. But about 4 months later we had to up it to 36 mg becuase he started having concentration problems, fidgiting, not paying attention, etc etc.
Now 3 months later same problems. So we are trying Ritalin SR -- but we are not seeing the same changes in him, it is almost like he is not taking it at all. No pride in his work, dancing in the halls at school, fidgiting around, working ahead of the class on problems and missing directions.
Has anyone had this problem?? The doctor is thinking about switching him to Aderal (sp?)
Please let me know if anyone has had a DS/DD with their body's becoming adjusted to the meds. (We do notice that the 1st week he starts any med's he is emotional -- that was the only downside so far)
Thank you in advance!!