How to Manage ADHD Meds at School

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ADDitude Magazine on Apr 15, 2013 at 11:53AM

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How to Manage ADHD Meds at School

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Step 2: Paperwork & Prescriptions

-- Complete the paperwork. Go to the school's front office and ask for a medication authorization form. Schools cannot give this form out without a request from a parent or guardian, because they aren't permitted to recommend ADHD medication.

Most forms have three parts. Part one, to be filled out and signed by the parent, authorizes the school nurse or aide to give your child medication. Part two is completed and signed by the physician. It asks him to provide information on the diagnosis, medication, time, dosage to be dispensed, and possible side effects. Part three is the school's approval of the form and it's completed by an administrator.

-- Get a separate prescription bottle. Many schools require a separate bottle from the pharmacy. Your child's prescription might look like this in order to accommodate both school and home administration:

Methylphenidate, 10 mg. tablets, #90
Label: School Use
Place 20 tablets in bottle
One tablet at noon

Label: Home Use
Place 70 tablets in bottle
One tablet three times a day

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