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A 34-year-old member asked:

could you tell me what happens when someone with adhd takes ritalin (methylphenidate)?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Variable: The expected effect is the production of increased vigilance to the primary goal/job at hand with the screaning out of stray stimuli. The site of action is the brain control centers. Treatment has its greatest effect on those who lack these skills normally.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

Can I crush the fast acting add/adhd tablet if my child won't swallow it?

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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Depends: If it's amphetamine/dextroamphetamine salts (adderall) or methylphenidate (ritalin), yes it can be crushed and administered in non acidic foods, such as ice cream or whipped cream. Guanfacine and Clonidine may also be crushed and administered in any convenient substance such as applesauce, jelly, peanut butter. Strattera (atomoxetine) may be administered in this fashion as well, but the package insert cautions.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Don't all children occasionally show signs of add/adhd?

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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Sure: All children are occasionally "hyper", distracted, impulsive, or organize poorly. Children with add/adhd are unable to consciously controll these behaviors and do them much more than occasionally . And these behaviors tend to be disruptive in their daily lives.
A 21-year-old member asked:

How do I know for sure if my child has add/adhd?

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Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 22 years experience
Good evaluation: Your child should have a good thorough exam and discussion of the problems that you are having. They should have hearing and vision checked. They should have testing, including questionnaires filled out by caretakers and teachers. They should have a discussion with a doctor to rule out other issues such as learning disabilities, depression, anxiety, conduct disorders, etc...
A 21-year-old member asked:

Some people suggest that children taking drugs for ADHD become zombies. Should I worry?

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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 46 years experience
No: Although this behavior may be a side effect of the medicine, it will quickly disappear when the medicine is stopped.Thus not to worry.
A 21-year-old member asked:

If my child was diagnosed with adhd, what foods should I avoid giving him?

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Dr. Mary Ann Block
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Depends: Sugar can affect behavior. Allergies do too. Finding the foods that trigger each person can be done by allergy skin testing one allergen at a time. Many say sugar doesn't do this but too much sugar causes reactive low blood sugar which causes the release of adrenaline which can cause behavior and focus problems.

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