Our son was diagnosed in Kindergarten combination ADHD. He is now in first grade at a new school. We wanted to wait on meds to see how being at a new school would affect him. Towards the end of the first month things started to get bad with him distracting other students and becoming highly disruptive to the point where he had to be removed from the class at times in order to settle down.
He was prescribed Adderall over the summer so we decided this would be the week we would start.
We used the weekend to observe because we didn't know what to expect. We started with 5mg per the directions and things were fine the first part of the day but as the day progressed I could see signs of it wearing off. Nothing dramatic though.
Before starting the meds his doctor said he would probably need 15-20mg. So I asked for the second day should we just go with a higher dosage. She said to start with 10mg. So on the second day we did just that and it was a disaster! Lots of crying and defiance. By the end of the day he had the biggest emotional meltdown he's ever had.
Now we're back to 5mg. The first official day of school on meds was great according to his teacher. Buy day two after lunch he was back to his disruptive behavior.
Which leads me to my question, does Adderall take a while to be effective for an entire day? And if we eventually go up to 10mg will his body then have had time to get use to the meds or will the disaster of the weekend likely occur again?
As you can see, we're still finding our way through this process. Hopefully this all made sense.