"Last night I observed my grandson after he took his medication. Should medication be causing his zombie-like drug-induced haze?
Larry Silver, M.D.
Since I have grandchildren as well, I understand your pain. Please remind your grandson's parents that being flat or "zombie-like" is an unacceptable effect of stimulant medication and means that the dose is too high for the child. Either the dose should be lowered or a different medication tried.
Please stress that our goal with medication for ADHD is to minimize the ADHD behaviors WITHOUT causing side effects.