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How often does a child with ADHD need to take methylphenidate or dexamphetamine? 
11 doctors weighed in

Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
4 doctors agree
In brief: Depends
This varies with the drugs duration of effect & treatment philosophy.
Some kids need it year round because of their degree of impairment. Some can just use it for school days & be off on weekends/summer. The primary goal is good function when focus is needed while allowing the kid time off to be themselves when appropriate. Short acting meds may be dosed every 4 hours while sustained release 1xd

In brief: Depends
This varies with the drugs duration of effect & treatment philosophy.
Some kids need it year round because of their degree of impairment. Some can just use it for school days & be off on weekends/summer. The primary goal is good function when focus is needed while allowing the kid time off to be themselves when appropriate. Short acting meds may be dosed every 4 hours while sustained release 1xd
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Linda Callaghan
The spacing of doses will depend on the child whether they have severe behavioral problems. Some may take it as soon as they wake up and a second dose in a couple of hours for the start of school days and maybe a third dose is needed but as a general rule, three doses a day appear to be more effective.
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree
In brief: It Depends
There are many differents types of medications with different modes of action, length of effective duration and method of administration.
In addition, each child metabolizes the medication uniquely. Sometimes 1, 2 or 3 times per day depending upon which medication you are using . You need to discuss this with your doctor.

In brief: It Depends
There are many differents types of medications with different modes of action, length of effective duration and method of administration.
In addition, each child metabolizes the medication uniquely. Sometimes 1, 2 or 3 times per day depending upon which medication you are using . You need to discuss this with your doctor.
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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics
In brief: Daily
Adhd is a neurobiological disorder that requires daily treatment.
On weekends, on holidays, all the time. It's not just for school - it's for everything. Depending on the formulation of methylphenidate or dextroamphetamine, doses may be needed every 4 hrs to once daily.

In brief: Daily
Adhd is a neurobiological disorder that requires daily treatment.
On weekends, on holidays, all the time. It's not just for school - it's for everything. Depending on the formulation of methylphenidate or dextroamphetamine, doses may be needed every 4 hrs to once daily.
Dr. Carla Enriquez
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