Reply To: Focalin XR Question

Penny Williams

Any stimulant can “technically” be stopped and started. And many doctors will advise it. However, I do not like the practice. It takes time for our kids to get used to having their brain work a little differently. Taking it some days and not others means a roller coaster of almost constant adjustment. I can easily see why his mood changed when he went off it, because he had to re-acclimate, and that’s hard.

I’m also a firm believer that most kids need the benefits of their medication in home life and out in the community too, not just for school. Yes, that’s my opinion.

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