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Can a child on ritalin (methylphenidate) drink an energy drink for extra help?

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Dr. Glen Elliott
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
7 doctors agree

In brief: Yes, but why?

If your child is already on a prescription medication where the dosage and actual medicine are well defined, why add a hodgepodge of substances that something like an "energy drink" is apt to contain? If the effect isn't quite right, speak with the prescribing doctor about what needs to change and see if you can adjust the medicine to make it work better.

In brief: Yes, but why?

If your child is already on a prescription medication where the dosage and actual medicine are well defined, why add a hodgepodge of substances that something like an "energy drink" is apt to contain? If the effect isn't quite right, speak with the prescribing doctor about what needs to change and see if you can adjust the medicine to make it work better.
Dr. Glen Elliott
Dr. Glen Elliott
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Dr. TRUC DAO
Psychiatry

In brief: Ritalin+energy drink

All energy drinks are laden with coffee, and no kids should ever be exposed to coffee (so, no brown soda as pepsi-coke-rootbeer- or even mountain dew which has the highest concentration of coffee while not appearing brown).
Kids must learn healthy lifestyle when young: soda has 10 tea spoons of sugar per can + coffee = super active kids.

In brief: Ritalin+energy drink

All energy drinks are laden with coffee, and no kids should ever be exposed to coffee (so, no brown soda as pepsi-coke-rootbeer- or even mountain dew which has the highest concentration of coffee while not appearing brown).
Kids must learn healthy lifestyle when young: soda has 10 tea spoons of sugar per can + coffee = super active kids.
Dr. TRUC DAO
Dr. TRUC DAO
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Dr. Glen Elliott
I believe Dr. Dao meant to write "caffeine," rather than "coffee." I agree that drinks of this sort contain much more than the caffeine one may be seeking.
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