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    Weekends off and taking Adderall??
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    dcs12345 posted:
    My 10 yr old son started Adderall last week. He took it Mon-Fri for school and had a great week. No real side effects. We did notice a decrease in appetitie but that's about it. We dont, necessarily, want him on it everyday. Can we take him off of it for the weekends? Ive been told that for school vacations/breaks it's ok but I am wondering if the on/off of week days to weekends is too much for his system??? Thanks, dcs12345
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    Boyzmomee responded:
    Ok, I used to take my son off med on weekends. I was able to find a child psychiatrist I trust who asked me why I didn't give it to him on weekends. My answers were the same as yours. I can't remember his exact answer but he told me the research demonstrated that is was not in his best interests to have 5 days on 2 days off.

    My son does not take medication on summer vacation with the approval of his doctor. However, I must qualify this by saying my son does not have difficulty with social interaction, peer rejection, or aggression. We also have a high tolerance level for his hyperactivity so he is not constantly being reprimanded and receiving negative feedback from us or others. Another thing to consider is that a lot of social and emotional development takes place out of the classroom.

    I would discuss this with your son's doctor.


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