"My son needs a dose of medication at school, but administrators won't take responsibility. What can I do?"
Larry Silver, M.D.
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.