Please help! Medication issue!

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Registered: 10-28-2009
Please help! Medication issue!
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Sun, 12-13-2009 - 8:33am
We started on ritain la which was switched to Focalin XR when we were not getting long enough effect. SInce switching getting DD to meds has been a complete night. We took her off the xr and gave her regular focalin two tmes a day but the rebound effect was too intense so we switched to concerta and she has been refusing to take. Last week had to bring the meds to school to be given by nurse. She is 6 and does not understand the benefits. She keeps saying she will control behavior. This is the only time that she is opposistional-there is

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Registered: 12-03-1999
Tue, 12-15-2009 - 12:46am
I believe the best way to get things done is to be very matter of fact, and brook no nonsense. No yelling OR begging from the parents. Say: Sit down NOW. Open your mouth NOW. Put em in headlock and get going. I don't hurt them, but I don't sit too long waiting for them to compose themselves, or do what they've been told. The longer they think about something, or think they have an OPTION, they will carry on, & make themselves distraught. I think too many people over ask, and over explain. The kid is too young to be swayed by reasoning with her. Hell, at 16 my kids still weren't swayed by a long dissertation. They responded MUCH better to immediate action, and immediate consequences. If you say "Clean your room" and ten minutes later they are still on the computer, or are watching TV, or are on the phone, do not yell or nag or explain that Mom cannot do everything. Just turn off the TV, close the computer and unplug the phone. Take child by the ear, walk them into their room, and say "Clean it NOW. If you don't have it cleaned in one hour, *I* will clean it." In one hour, if there has not been SOME effort, walk in with a LARGE green garbage bag, and everything not in it's place goes into the bag.
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Registered: 08-10-2006
Tue, 12-15-2009 - 2:50pm

Hi!


What works for us is that we don't give Nick a choice, we have explained why he takes his meds, he is on both Zoloft, Concerta and Clonidine. He takes pills on the morning and evening.

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Christine

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Registered: 02-14-2007
Tue, 12-15-2009 - 3:54pm

I'm sorry you feel this board is not giving you support - but everyone here basically BTDT


When kids understand - especially ADHD kids - what is expected of them and the reasons why - they will respond but it can take longer than you expect


I told my 5 1/2 (many years ago) that he had ADHD - he didn't understand the initials - but he understood the meaning


This board is supportive and everyone will give you their ideas that worked for them - find one that works for you


We will help you - okay

Denise

Denise

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