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|Mon, 09-29-2003 - 12:47am|
He gets quite tired about 2 hours after taking it. So instead of giving it to him first thing in the morning with breakfast, I've been giving it to him around lunch time, and then he can take a nap in the afternoon when he gets tired. I don't want him sleepy in the morning--that's when he has preschool or we are out doing errands, after dropping off his older brother at school, and before his younger brother needs his nap. There's just a short window of opportunity when we can leave the house and get things done, so I don't want him to be sleepy then!
The rest of the day he does really seem calmer and happier. He's still himself, but just calmer and more in control. But the mornings, before he takes the medication, are just terrible!! Constant meltdowns and completely out of control! It took forever to get him dressed this morning because I couldn't find a shirt that didn't make him completely freak out. So I don't think the medication is lasting 24 hours from one dose until the next. I'm not sure how long it's supposed to last each day. 24 hrs? 12 hours? I'm wondering if either my son needs a little higher dose, or he needs to split his prescription into two doses for each day. Maybe he should take one dose at bedtime and another at lunchtime? I'll talk to the Dr. about it, but I was wondering what you think based on your experiences?
One thing I'm really happy about--I was worried that he would have a loss of appetite, or an upset stomach, but so far those things aren't happening at all, whew!
Thanks for your help,