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"My Son Takes 8 Pills a Day!"
"Every time I take my son in for a checkup, his doctor seems to give him another pill. My son now takes two types of ADHD medications, plus six other pills to 'manage side effects.' Is this normal?"
It is not normal. I encourage you to get a second opinion. Contact your local chapter of CHADD, and ask for a referral to an experienced 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.