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How do I get rid of low appetite caused by ritalin (methylphenidate)?

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Dr. Glen Elliott
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
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In brief: Can be difficutl

This can be so severe that it's best to try a different type of medication--even a different stimulant.
That said, some strategies can help. Insist on a big breakfast, and give the stimulant at or after it, not before. Lunch often is a no-go for many of these kids. Appetite eventually returns, hopefully before supper; if later, "go european, " and let them eat late--just make it nutritious.

In brief: Can be difficutl

This can be so severe that it's best to try a different type of medication--even a different stimulant.
That said, some strategies can help. Insist on a big breakfast, and give the stimulant at or after it, not before. Lunch often is a no-go for many of these kids. Appetite eventually returns, hopefully before supper; if later, "go european, " and let them eat late--just make it nutritious.
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