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DOCTOR ISSUES

My son is 9 and his doctor keeps trying to adjust his meds by upping the dose to make it last longer and at times my son has been taking 3 pills at a time.....FIRST question, does anyone else have a hard time getting that number of pills into ur child while he is hyper and bouncing off the walls in the morning; SECOND question, has your child dropped, crushed, choked on or pretended to take his meds and ended up wasting a number of pills; THIRD, at the end of the month when you are short pills have you had a hard time trying to get the doctor to refill the script because YOU SHOULD HAVE ENOUGH for 5 more days?.......my son's doctors office has made me feel like the most horrible mother because I can't get my ADHD child to take 2 and 3 pills in the morning EVERY day without an incident. I am alone, just me and my son and it is so hard to monitor every secone with him. The doctor will not refill my son's script today because he SHOULD have 4 pills left and I am keeping him home from school and I am missing work because his doctor won't even answer my calls to tell him this medicine isn't even working.

I have been on the phone all morning again and the first appointment with a new ADD pediatrician I could get is March 27th......am I that bad at monitoring his medicine or does anyone have this issue? I feel so horrible right now and don't know where to turn . Thanks for ANY suggestions.......

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How about mid day. ? My 8 yr old takes focalin xr 5 mg in the am, and before lunch 11:00 . Something to think about.

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We have done all that and it has been 3 different scripts all do different dates and it is such a pain....instead of just giving him a SINGLE dose pill, they don't want the lower dose pills to be left over but OMG it is hard enough.

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Do they make the strength they want him to take in a single capsule? And I’d consider an afternoon dose if it’s not covering the whole day. My son is on vyvanse and takes a morning and lunch time dose. My experience with dose changes and refills has been totally different. They are the ones telling you to increase so they should know that you will run out faster. They should see that one a certain date you refilled and then we’re giving x number each day. Simple math. I’ve only had push back from the insurance not covering it until a certain date. But when we increase we get a new script for the higher dose that comes in a single capsule so it’s not been an issue.

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We have done all that and it has been 3 different scripts all do different dates and it is such a pain....instead of just giving him a SINGLE dose pill, they don't want the lower dose pills to be left over but OMG it is hard enough.

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Can you mix any of them in with food? My son's a bit younger, but when I had a hard time getting him to take his meds the school nurse suggested mixing with ice cream. I mixed the meds in with about half a scoop of ice cream every morning. Maybe not the healthiest, but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do!

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First of all, I have never ever heard that taking more meds will make it last longer.....it just means the dose is stronger for the same amount of time. That being said, we had to put our son on Metadate because it came in capsules and we could mix it with grape jelly (or whatever) and he would take it that way. We discovered regular Concerta pills all over the house - stuck under the furniture, etc. because the cat actually found them while playing with a toy! I do know that you will never get extra pills, so you have to make sure you are prescribed something he will actually take. Is the patch an alternative for your son? If not, then you want to make sure you have capsules because you cannot crush time-release meds. Capsules can be opened and mixed with something. I would get on-line today (since you are home!) and do some searching for ADHD meds that either do not to be swallowed, or can be crushed. Since most of the meds are considered to be "controlled", both the doctor and the pharmacy are often very strict about the number they prescribe. In my state, we must actually pick up the paper script and hand-deliver it to the pharmacy and we only have 5 days from the date it was written. (That used to be a challenge sometimes!)

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