My daughter (11yrs) started medication last week for ADHD. She has started on 20mg LA Ritalin for 5 days, then 40g LA Ritalin for 5 days, and then 60mg LA Ritalin for 20 days before review with the doctor.
After completing the first 5 days at 20mg, her dose doubled today to 40mg so I will be interested to see how it goes.
The first 3 days she felt nauseous and had tummy aches, however this has settled down. She has been a lot calmer and we have had zero meltdowns. There has still been a little bit of difficulty in the evenings after the meds wear off, but it is not escalating and it has been manageable.
Her teacher said she has been calmer and 'even doing schoolwork'!!!
The only side effect I have noticed that could be impactful is the difficulty getting to sleep. She is not feeling tired and not winding down for bed, and also waking during the night. This is something we used to deal with when she was younger and used to manage with getting rid of sources of blue light and having reading time and a full on bedtime routine before bed. I am going to work with her on her bedtime routine and hope we can resolve it. She was pretty hard to get out of bed this morning!!