Medication During the School Day


"My 14-year-old son takes dexedrine and needs a dose halfway through the day. His school says it's his responsibility to remember to come to the office for his medication. What can I do?"

Dr. Larry Silver specializes in treating children with attention deficit disorder (ADHD).

Your school system is being negligent. If your family doctor is willing to demand that your son receive medication when ordered, change might take place.

But the easiest way to handle this problem is to use the longer-acting dexedrine capsule in the morning. In this form, the medication will be effective for eight hours, which will cover the school day. Your son can then take a short-acting tablet after school that will last the remaining four hours. Discuss this strategy with your family doctor.

Larry Silver, M.D., is clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown Medical Center in Washington, D.C. and director of training in child and adolescent psychiatry at Georgetown University School of Medicine. He is a former acting director and deputy director of the National Institute of Mental Health, as well as the author of Dr. Larry Silver's Advice to Parents on AD/HD and The Misunderstood Child: Understanding and Coping with Your Child's Learning Disabilities.
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