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Penny Williams

What you describe sounds like too high of a dose or the wrong medication.

There are two types of stimulants: methylphenidates and amphetamines. Individuals do well on one or the other, but rarely both types. Focalin is mostly a methylphenidate, but has another component as well. It may be time to try a simple methylphenidate, like Concerta or Ritalin, or a simple amphetamine, like Adderall or Vyvanse.

However, amphetamines should not be taken with Prozac.

Here’s more on finding the right medication for ADHD for your child:

A Parent’s Complete Guide to ADHD Medications

Rule #2: Don’t Expect the First ADHD Medication to Work

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