Medication Switcheroo


"After only two doses of a long-acting stimulant, I felt like a new person. I told my doctor, but he switched me to Strattera - saying only that it's a more convenient medication for him to prescribe. Does this make sense?"

Dr. Larry Silver M.D. is the author of two books about parenting ADHD/LD children.

It is true that prescriptions for stimulant medications must be rewritten every month and thus can be inconvenient for the prescribing doctor. But if one of my patients found that any medication yielded such positive results, I would not think of changing it. If you'd like to go back on the stimulants, by all means tell your 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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