Mixing Medications: Valium and ADHD Stimulants

Q:

"My daughter is very nervous about her upcoming oral surgery, and the surgeon has prescribed Valium for the day of her operation. Is this safe? Should she take her ADHD med that day?"

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

Your question should be answered by the doctor prescribing the ADHD medication. For my patients, I would suggest that they stay off the stimulant on the day of the surgery.

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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