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Friday, November 27, 2009 jennyjoly, Community Member, asks

Q: should a child take ritalin on an as need basis.

my son is prescribed ritalin, he takes it 5 days a week for school then on weekends doesn't take it.  I think that this has a major effect on his behavior and his father disagree's. 

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Eileen Bailey, Health Guide
11/27/09 8:17pm

Thank you for your question and welcome to


I am not a medical professional and can not provide you with medical advice. However, this question has been debated by various medical professionals and it is really a personal decision.


One side of the answer is that ADHD impacts all areas of a person's life, including social, family, school and behavior issues. ADHD does not only impact education. Therefore, medication should be given on a daily basis.


The other side of the debate is that children do well with time off from the medication, especially if eating is a problem or there is a concern on a child not growing at the accepted rate and needs to catch up.


There is information on the site about stopping medication during the summer. Although this is not exactly what you asked, the article does contain information explaining both sides of this debate.



Raising a Child with ADHD: Medication During the Summer Months


I hope this helps




junerae, Community Member
12/ 8/09 7:24am

I was told that I was NOT to stop my sons ADHD medication during the weekend, because he needs to keep it in his system for it to work porperly.


Do you spend more time with your son that your husband does, my husband for a while refused to belive that my son son had ADHD, but then i had to go and see my family and left him with my son, and he changed his mind

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