View Full Version : Ritalin for 6yr old

11-28-16, 04:39 PM
My son has just been prescribed Ritalin. I'm scared to death! Any advice or anything I should be aware of?

11-28-16, 05:32 PM
Yes, he needs to start on a low dose and titrate upwards slowly to give his body time to adjust.

This med has been used for around 70 years, and when properly prescribed and monitored
by the doctor is safer than many over-the-counter meds are.

This isn't like antidepressants, you can stop without terrible withdrawal effects at any time.

There are quite a few meds to treat adhd, so if this doesn't help or the side effects
are so bad it's not worth it, there are others to try.

It can take a long time to find the best med and the best dose ... and just when
you succeed, the kids goes through a growth spurt and you have to change the dose. :rolleyes:

11-29-16, 03:58 PM
Keep a notebook and write down anything and everything you notice good and bad to tell the doctor.My son began medication when he was 4 and it saved his life.