My 7 year old son is currently taking Ritalin 3 times a day. He’s awful in the morning until it kicks in and he doesn’t have much self control once it wears off but we can cope. As he gets older not being able to focus on homework and studying is going to become a problem but I’m hoping he’ll be able to take a higher dose of Ritalin by then also.
He tried Concerta over spring break to see if that worked better and all he did was cry so that’s not an option.
Yesterday his doctor suggested trying Jornay. I’ve read up about it and I can’t decide. It seems like it would wear off by dinner and he still wouldn’t have any focus by dinnertime.
If anyone has tried this medicine how did it work for your child? I can’t decide what to do!
Every medication you mentioned is a methylphenidate. There are two types of stimulants: amphetamine (Adderall, Vyvanse, Evekeo…) and methylphenidate (Ritalin, Concerta, Quillivant, Journay…). Almost everyone does well on one type or the other, but not both.
It may be time to try an amphetamine-based stimulant. He may do better on those. If not, you’ll know to keep trying methylphenidate until you find the right one and right dose.