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Does a child need to take more methylphenidate as he/she gets bigger? 

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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics
6 doctors agree

In brief: Sometimes

Methylphenidate works differently for each child.
There appears to be no haqrd and fast rule for dosing. Thus some children need dose increases as they grow , others do not. This question needs consultation with your doctor.

In brief: Sometimes

Methylphenidate works differently for each child.
There appears to be no haqrd and fast rule for dosing. Thus some children need dose increases as they grow , others do not. This question needs consultation with your doctor.
Dr. Mark Diamond
Dr. Mark Diamond
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Dr. Glen Elliott
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Likely, for awhile

Typically, once a child reaches an effective dose of methylphenidate, it will continue to work for adhd symptoms; but, with increasing size, an increased dose may be needed.
Puberty changes lots of things, and those who still need a stimulant after puberty may be either more or less responsive to it than before, so adjusting the dose may be necessary at that point.

In brief: Likely, for awhile

Typically, once a child reaches an effective dose of methylphenidate, it will continue to work for adhd symptoms; but, with increasing size, an increased dose may be needed.
Puberty changes lots of things, and those who still need a stimulant after puberty may be either more or less responsive to it than before, so adjusting the dose may be necessary at that point.
Dr. Glen Elliott
Dr. Glen Elliott
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