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Date Posted: Thu, Apr 04 2002, 1:19:57
Author: Andy
Subject: Re: adhd question
In reply to: Lynn 's message, "adhd question" on Thu, Apr 04 2002, 0:03:44

hi Lynn

It is quite usual practice for consultants to request children to have a break from Ritalin. This is very variable as to how often or how long for. Sometimes this isn't always requested.

In the past perhaps it was more common to have break every weekend. In the area I live generally it's a week or to weak break during school holiday times perhaps once a year.

In my understanding it's best to have this break at home where a routine is established and children on Ritalin will cope better with a routine may are familiar with during their break. However sometimes children's behaviour can be quite difficult during a break and if parents or parents are at the end of their coping abilities! Maybe they feel they are unable to manage with their children off Ritalin and would try and pass this to a member of their families. This would also give parents a chance for a break to get back on top with things. So I guess it's swings and roundabout.

And you must be a Saint to provide the support you have been doing, hope your valuable input is recognised.

Both myself and my son take Ritalin my son hasn't had a break for a long time and consultant doesn't seem to worry. However Chris (my son) hasn't been experiencing any side effects and his growing hasn't been hampered with Ritalin.

However as an adult I find Ritalin doesn't work so well when I have been taking it for a long time. Also I have a physical impairment and part of this is being sensitive to drugs. So I tend to feel little ill when taking Ritalin for a long time. So I have regular breaks sometimes for a few months. I certainly notice how well Ritalin helps my short term memory when starting again.

Anyway hope this is useful info however I'm not a specialist just a user and if your concerned you should seek advice from the medical profession.

Take care, Andy

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