Medications that can be given in 2 doses to help with afternoon struggles

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    • #99397
      ddt1981
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      Just curious what parents are using for the children that is a 2 dose medication? He is groggy in the morning, hard to get going and more hyper/ distracted in the afternoon.

      My doctor has my son on Concerta 32 and its not working well.
      He said that we would have to go to a different medication if it is given in 2 doses (ie. one in morning, one in afternoon)

      any input greatly appreciated. will be discussing in a meeting with our doctor tomorrow.

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    • #99473
      rex-rex
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      struggling with medication for son.
      we are using vyvance. great medicine. we give in the morning after breakfast. lasts until night. one child eats at supper time and goes to sleep at a decent time. second child does not eat enough and does not sleep enough resulting from the medicine.

    • #99504
      Penny Williams
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      The doctor is saying that he or she will switch him to a short-acting medication if you want 2 doses. What you are probably wanting is to keep the long-acting medication and add a short-acting “booster” dose in the afternoons. That is very common.

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      Penny
      ADDitude Community Moderator, Parenting ADHD Trainer & Author, Mom to teen w/ ADHD, LDs, and autism

      • #99506
        ddt1981
        Participant

        Thank you! Our pediatrician gave me the indication that a booster was not an option for us. He may have been concerned with his low weight, he is 49 inches and 58lbs now, so hopefully that will be an option for us. he gained since we last saw him.

        can they do a booster of methylphenidate? and stay on the same drug. He seems to have done better at school on the 27 mg rather then the 36mg. the 36 lasts longer, but does not help him any more and is actually worse during school.

        I’m going to request a 27 mg and a booster for the afternoon, crossing fingers he will do something of that sort.

      • #99727
        Penny Williams
        Keymaster

        It won’t be 27 mg, as short-acting comes in different dosages and 27 mg is Concerta, time-release. Often it’s 5mg of Ritalin or something like that.

        Penny
        ADDitude Community Moderator, Parenting ADHD Trainer & Author, Mom to teen w/ ADHD, LDs, and autism

    • #99653
      ConrJakesMom
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      We have such a hard time with meds. My son has a very fast metabolism bc there is no medication that lasts longer than 5 hours. He gets 2 doses of Vyvanse. 50mg around 7 along with Clonadine to help with his Hyperactivity. He gets another 40mg around 1-1:30. Again, doesn’t last long bc homework around 4 is impossible.

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