DS was diagnosed with ADHD a few months back. Prescribed 10mg Ritalin (immediate release) which has done
him wonders. Started out with just one tablet in the morning, but increased to 2-3 tablets a day in four hour intervals.
At the last appointment with his paed I inquired about trying Ritalin LA, so that he didn't have to have medication
at school, and to reduce the rebound effect.
As it is not available on PBS until they turn 6, he said to email him after DS's 6th birthday and he'd write out a script and leave it with his receptionist for me to pick up. So I picked the script up today for Ritalin LA 30mgs, didn't have an appointment so no chance to discuss it further. Did a little bit of research online about it, and basically what I've read states that the way that it is released, Ritalin LA is equivalent to having two doses of immediate release in four hourly intervals.
Which then leads me to question...since he is currently on 10mg of Ritalin - isn't 30mgs too high a dosage for him? Shouldn't he be on 20mgs instead,? I don't want his dosage to increase - at the dose he is on, he is calm, happy, but not zoned out...but I fear that any higher a dose might be enough to actually zone him out.
Anyone else whose child has gone from immediate release to extended release, what dosage of both were they on? Am I right in thinking that 30mgs is too high a dose?