Reply To: Child refusing meds

Penny Williams

It seems that the reasons for her refusal are pretty obvious, but I would still have that conversation with her. Ask her to list the reasons she doesn’t want to take the medication. Then, discuss the positive aspects of taking ADHD medication, and why you think she should try another, because she will likely get great benefit, when you find the right medication for her.

Here’s guidance on having that talk:

How to Talk to Your Child About ADHD Medicine

You don’t say which medications she has tried, but there are other formats. Quillivant is a liquid. Vyvanse can be opened and sprinkled on food or in liquid to drink. Daytrana is a transdermal patch. Sometimes, going with one of these alternatives and taking the path of least resistance can turn things around.

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