ADD/ADHD

Trisha - posted on 08/17/2011 ( 65 moms have responded )

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My 10 year old son has ADD - and last year we struggled with him to take the medicine because he can't swallow pills. Finally found a medicine he can chew, and now he refuses to take it because it tastes bad. I've told him to chew it and then take a bite of something that he is eating, cereal, bread, whatever. He stills refuses to take it. We know what it does for him, because we saw such an improvement in him in school after he took the medicine. But then summer came and we didn't push it on him. Now that school is starting up again, he is refusing to take it and I am not going through what we went through last year. Does anybody have any suggestions as to what we can do to get my child to take this medicine? Thanks in advance.

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Kim - posted on 08/31/2011

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If you have your son on a capsule type ADD/ADHD medication you can seperate the capsule and put the granials or powder into peanut butter, ice cream, pudding, yogurt etc. Most of your XR are capsules and easy to get a child to take in the mannor mentioned above. We had to do it with my son when we started him. Not sure if you have explained to your child of why it is important for him to take his medication during school. I explained to my son, that him having ADHD didn't make him stupid (he thought it did because of what the kids at school were saying to him). My son's pediatrician has a son with ADHD, when he was telling us everything he had learned about it, it helped us talk to our son about it. How many out there know that 90% of your surgeions have ADD/ADHD? Fact! How many out there know that children with ADD/ADHD are more advanced then a child without it? Their brains work so fast they need the medication to slow their brains down enough to retain all the information they are receiving? How many out here know that when they give your child an IEP in school (a level of special education for ADD/ADHD) isn't taught something different but taught the same work in a different way! rythems & music. When they are interested in something they will want to do it all the time. Most of them love to put things together or invent things...create. Some will embrace lego's, building or charicters. Routine is very important with these children and organization!!!!! We don't give our son his ADD/ADHD meds during the summer since they don't eat well with it, usually your lucky if you can get them to snack a breakfast or lunch but when it wares off they will eat dinner.



If your son was mine, I would give him a choice. Do you want us to go back to the capsules and put the powder in something like I suggested above, or chew the pill...after you explain to him why it is so important and what it means for him to have ADD/ADHD. His excuse might be a cover for something else thats bothering him that he isn't ready to share with you yet.



I wish you the best!!! Truly I do! So many people misunderstand what ADD/ADHD is. Hold your head high and know your doing the best you can for your child. Remember keep communications with his teacher, they get busy and forget to talk to you when they notice a problem. You will find as your child grows his medication will need to be re-evaluated, more than likely a time will come the level will need to be increased. I am a proud mother of a ADHD child that has held a 98% in Math for 3 years and been on the Honor Roll! Please let us know how things work out for you and your son!



A great website to compare the different ADHD meds

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth...



Warnings of some of the medications

http://helpguide.org/mental/adhd_medicat...





Effect on the developing brain — The long-term impact of ADD/ADHD medication on the youthful, developing brain is not yet known. Some researchers are concerned that the use of drugs such as Ritalin in children and teens might interfere with normal brain development.

Heart-related problems — ADD/ADHD stimulant medications have been found to cause sudden death in children and adults with heart conditions. The American Heart Association recommends that all individuals, including children, have a cardiac evaluation prior to starting a stimulant. An electrocardiogram is recommended if the person has a history of heart problems.

Psychiatric problems — Stimulants for ADD/ADHD can trigger or exacerbate symptoms of hostility, aggression, anxiety, depression, and paranoia. People with a personal or family history of suicide, depression, or bipolar disorder are at a particularly high risk, and should be carefully monitored when taking stimulants.

Carolyn - posted on 08/25/2011

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my son is also going into 5th grade, I found that the daytrana patch works for him. It lasts longer---once it kicks in. He does need a kick start of a 'short acting" ritalin in the morning. those I've crushed and put in ice cream or pudding. Now he can swallow his pills DRY. Practice and PATIENCE! it is so hard!

Kristen - posted on 08/24/2011

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Could you offer him some kind of reward for every time he takes it. I know that is hard but it could be 25 cents every time or a chart where after he takes it for a week you buy him an inexpensive reward (ice cream, book).

Tammy - posted on 11/19/2011

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my brother was severely ADHD growing up. uncontrollable in fact. He couldn't swallow pills and after much frustration my mother found an amazing doctor that changed our lives. He put my brother on a food plan that practically stopped all ADHD symptoms after a couple weeks. it was simple, and we still eat this way today ! No sugar, no honey, no syrups etc. no food coloring, no preservatives, no flour, pasta etc that contain gluten ( rice flour, corn flour okay ) no MSG, just plain old meat, veggies, fresh fruit ( no canned fruit- which has lots of sugar) no boxed cereal etc. ( eggs, oatmeal etc are good choices ) only sweeteners allowed are stevia & occasionally some real organic maple syrup for a treat. baking can be done with pureeed raisins in place of the sugar. Just an idea but it worked for my brother ! No more meds !!!

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Denise - posted on 11/27/2012

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We used to put it into applesauce. my son is very picky about tastes and he didnt complain about it in applesauce. we did that until he learned to swallow.

JENNIFER - posted on 11/26/2012

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with add or adhd it is to try advocare spark drink they have many kinds of flavor you could get him or her and it will work my son kriss his friend has adhd or add and his mom got that spark drink and she sewars by it and it works with in a day or few days i am geting it the first chance i get my son has adhd or add and learning disablity and i want him to excell in school and not have to be in the special day classes ect

Sheila - posted on 11/23/2011

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My son is 8 and we recently found out he is ADD. He absolutely HATES taking it. He has always taken liquids until now. He said he is afraid of choking on it. Some mornings it is such a fight to make him take it. But, in the short time he has been on it, we have noticed an improvement in him.

Patrizia - posted on 11/23/2011

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I removed my 9-year old from private school last year because he was struggling & his teacher wanted me to medicate. Now, 14 months later I have a new child. Turns out he just didn't fit into the "system" and needed to move to learn. After changing teaching methods to THE WAY HE LEARNS, he is now making huge progress and has caught up most of his backlog. He's much more relaxed & no longer whining all the time. The "ADHD symptoms" were merely stress & frustration caused by an environment in which he couldn't adapt because his physical need to move wasn't met. This bookwas an absolute eye opener and in my opinion an absolute MUST read to all parents & educators, especially those with "labelled" kids The Fine Line between ADHD and Kinesthetic Learners: 197 Kinesthetic Activities to Quickly Improve Reading, Memory, and Learning in Just 10 Weeks: The ... for ADHD, ADD, and Kinesthetic Learners It's amazing to see what difference the environment can make. These books have helped me understand my child & enabled me to help him excel without medication.

Christine - posted on 11/20/2011

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Im now on med #3 Concerta he couldnt swallow, Daytrana patch keeps falling off now we will be in Vyvanse. The pharmacy did not have it in stock so now I have to wait till tuesday. Im hoping this is the answer its only been 4 weeks since we started and already on 3rd meds!!!Has anyone used this medication?

Brenda - posted on 11/16/2011

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My daughter is 8 and had difficulty swallowing pills. We tried some methods we found on the internet, She tried swallowing a very small item, a decorative candy you put on cupcakes or cookies. Once successful we moved on to mini M&Ms and then tic tacs. She actually had trouble with the tic tacs but was able to begin swallowing the capsules. We practiced every night and she thought it was fun.

Lorie - posted on 11/15/2011

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My daugther is on ADHD medicine that comes in a capsule. I open the capsule and pour the medicine(tiny balls) onto a spoon and pour milk on the spoon and she takes it like that. Been working for me for about 2 + years now. You can try that out.

Patricia - posted on 11/11/2011

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My daughter had a very hard time taking the capsule. I brought her to the pharmacy with me & the pharmacist taught her a little "secret" for taking the pill. Try this...put the capsule (has to be a capsule not pill) in your mouth with a mouthfull of water, lean your head FORWARD and swallow as you lift your head back up. The capsule floats so when the kids lift their heads back up the water pushes the pill down the throat without them even realizing it. My daughter got it in 2 trys!! Please don't crush the pills or open the capsules and put in anything....That is very dangerous & believe me, I found out the hard way. Ask the pharmacist your questions, not only the docotr, they are a wealth of information!!!

Melanie - posted on 11/09/2011

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I was able to take my daughter's ritalin capsule, open it, and sprinkle it onto apple sauce. She never minded it, or knew. I only used a spoonful of applesauce too.

Christine - posted on 11/08/2011

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I think if you mix it with something he likes it will not be so hard. My son who is 8 just got his pills and refused to swallow, Its bee 4 day and I cant get him to take it. His meds cant be broken or chewd, I hoping the dr will give hime something else!!! Good Luck

Jaimie - posted on 11/06/2011

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my son did the same thing i always bought pudding or jello and put his pill in the first bite witout saying and he could have a bite of his chocolate jello and then a drink of chocolate milkso all they usually taste is chocolate otherwise let him know if he refuses his meds you refuse to let him play outside when he comes home or u refuse to let him play with friends and let him know it is not an option or choice because if he makes bad choices u will also maake choices he does not like it seems harsh but now days its what it takes

Barbilee - posted on 11/01/2011

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I don't have any advice for taking pills...sorry, as a retired school teacher of Special needs..just can't convince parents to feed their kids pills. Now food on the other hand,I have NO problem talking to parents and kids about controlling their behaviours with food. Want more info?

Sharon - posted on 11/01/2011

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My kids couldn't swallow pills either. My step son had a horrible time till I showed him my trick. It took him a few tries but he got it. buy some tic tacs and have him get a glass of water, juice, etc. Put a little bit of water in his mouth and lean his head back. Drop the tic tac in and swallow. Takes a couple of tries but it really did work for all three of them.

Cassandra - posted on 11/01/2011

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My son is 8 and we had a hard time with him swallowing pills. But we found if we put a straw in his drink he was able to do it.

Zee - posted on 10/28/2011

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Someone might have posted this already but our doctor prescribed a pill that's slow releasing so we unscrew the cap off the pill and pour it into some apple sauce and voila she has no problem swallowing it. It's little beads so she's not to chew it but swallow it as is. We've been doing this for a month now and it works great. Hope that's helpful. :)

Shane - posted on 10/26/2011

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I sometimes have to put my daughters pill in a spoon of yogurt to get her to swallow it. In fact, I do this myself as well!

Jenny Jekky - posted on 10/23/2011

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Try to let him practice on swallow m&m's the minis then the medium size when he can do it he will do the same with pills

Marilyn - posted on 10/23/2011

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Try Focalin XR, it comes in a capsule you can pull apart and sprinkle the medicine in something your son likes. We used pudding, whipped cream, malowmar cookies (their favorite!) and even minature milky ways that we break open and pour the medicine inside. Not my idea of part of a great breakfast but it goes down without complaint and then we brush teeth!

Erin - posted on 10/23/2011

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Try crushing the pill and put it in a drink I had to do that till my son was 10 before he would take his ritalin pill(very small) and the pediatrician had no problem with it! He only started taking it in full pill form then chase it with a drink after he saw a nurologist for his Epilepsy and he wanted him off the liquid anti-seizure meds and on a pill that was very big and he did not want that so he took his ritalin pill fine with no problems!

Shannon - posted on 10/19/2011

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Hi all, I just came back from my 12 year old sons IPP meetings and it was a rough day and for you mums who go to these meeting know what i'm talking about, sitting there listening to all the things that your child is stuggling with, it's tough but it's tougher to watch them go through it and see the hurt on there faces and listen to all there comments about themselves. I'm trying to deal with all of this and today is a hard day I'm still waiting to get my son tested the school is going to have him tested, it was already supppose to be done.As he is getting older i'm finding it harder to deal with his ADHD and I really don't want to medicate by having him tested again I'm hoping to get more answers possible autism. so many signs of disorders, i'm getting to the point not sure which way is up or down would like to talk to another mum who feels te sme way and know what i'm going throu. What makes it harder is that my family lives in ontario and my husbands family lives in B.C and we are in Alberta so not to many mums in my area to talked about this kind if thing. My one friend tht i made since i moved here has recently moved away. if there are any mothers that are frustrated and want to vent and could use and ear as well as be one I would be glad to listen and respond. There are some ladies that are around here but they don't really listen, they are to busy talking and telling me to do this or that, and they have no idea what i'm going through. thanks for listening

Julie - posted on 10/18/2011

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YES, Always consult your physician or pharmacist before changing the direction/approach on the way you disperse your child's medication. I think we all thought that was a give-in.

Kathy - posted on 10/16/2011

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My son was scared to learn how to swallow pills. But that really limited which pills he could take. So I bought orange tic tacs for him to practice with. The candy was less scarey for him. I would let him eat one first, then gave him one to swallow with some water. If he swallowed it he would get three more to eat as a reward. I planned on doing this once per day but he learned on the second day. He was very surprised and happy about how easy it was. He was 8 1/2 years old.

Clare - posted on 10/16/2011

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it can be crushed up and put in a drink hun my son is 8 hes got the same and he is on the chewable tablets and he refuses so we crush it up and put it in his drink and he doesnt know any different hope this helps x

Julie - posted on 10/13/2011

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Crush it up between two spoons and put it in applesauce or yogurt or protein shakes are best. You don't even have to tell him.

Kristine - posted on 10/12/2011

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You can try to find a pharmacy that does compounding, and should be able to change it into a liquid for you.

Jody - posted on 10/11/2011

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Well since he can chew it, smash it up and put it in applesauce or pudding, dont tell him its in there

Brandy - posted on 10/06/2011

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since he can chew it maby crush it up and put it in applesauce , my daughter cant swallow pills and she can with applesause, I dont know if thats a mind trick for her but it works

Denise - posted on 10/05/2011

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HI. He has been on the medication 1+1/2 years before swallowing it. we got in in capsule form and sprinkled it into applesauce . worked fine.

Denise - posted on 10/05/2011

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my son finally can swallow his pill. It took a friend with ADHD to tell him he could do it. just try it he said!! then our school nurse at school helped him too. what a relief. he takes it just fine now. my husband and i had to step back and let someone else he looked up to help him with it. I hope this helps. :)

Stephanie - posted on 10/04/2011

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Hi, I'm coming in on the tail-end of this topic... I have a 9 year old who has been taking meds for ADHD for the last 4 years. She also has Autism, so she was taking a few meds daily. At first it was very difficult to get her to swallow the pills, I put them in applesauce. But the time she was 7, she was swallowing the pills without a problem. I have actually dropped a few of her daily meds now (my choice, not the doctor's). I am trying a few natural things and only keeping her on Intuniv 2mg. It's not always easy, but I have to say I do see progress and I haven't noticed much difference from her being on the meds and off. It will get easier to give him the meds, I would definitely try to swallowing again. Try to make it fun, or even challenge him to take his while you take yours (if you take vitamins or any other meds).

Sonya - posted on 10/02/2011

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I suggest getting it in a capsule powder form where you can mix it in his food, that way it's easy to swallow and he doesn't know he's taking it. Hope this helps!

Chantel Dorsey - posted on 09/30/2011

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When my daughter started her ADHD meds she could not swallow pills either. Her doctor put her on a capsole that could be opened and the contents sprinkled on a spoon fullof blueberry activia yogurt and she could not taste it over the blueberry. Hope this helps.

Jackie - posted on 09/29/2011

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My son is 8 yrs old and takes Adderall. We explained to him that he just needs it for school to help him focus a little more. He is smart enough to realize the difference that the medicine makes and will sometimes joke about it if he doesn't have it (mommy, I was on yellow because you forgot to give me my medicine). I rarely forget, however, we don't give it to him when he isn't in school. He is a very active boy who also wrestles on a team in the winter months. When we do give it to him, we break it open and he takes it with whatever he is drinking at the time. Not sure if this helps!

Betsey - posted on 09/28/2011

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what about Daytrana patches? my son used to hide his pills so we switched to the patches til he was older (12). You can see if he has it on and at least at my son's school, since it was not an interal medication, they could check to see if it was on and if not the could give it to him and watch him put it on....

Tina - posted on 09/26/2011

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my 8 year old had the same problem...he could not swallow the pill so he is on something that we can break apart and sprinkle in food or drink...he does much better with this method

Melissa - posted on 09/25/2011

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If he would leave the patch on it's a great option. It worked well for my son until he decided he didn't want to wear it.

Amy - posted on 09/25/2011

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Do NOT crush an extended release tablet! This will overdose your child on the medication. Those pills are specifically designed to release some med now and some med later.

You might ask your doctor about the daytrana patch. I've heard of kids having fantastic results with this medication... plus it's a patch, nothing to swallow. :)

Tamara - posted on 09/25/2011

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I am not sure what he takes but you can crush it up and put it in anything he likes to eat or drink. make it a morning treat. He will never know. Thats what I did with my daughter in the beginning

Jessica - posted on 09/24/2011

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Have him practice swallowing tic tacs to learn how to swallow the pill. My son is 8 & we just taught him this past year by doing this. Good luck!

Hannah - posted on 09/23/2011

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my daughter fought her pill at first until i educated her on the 2 routes (orally and rectally) for medications to be administered. i am a nurse and let her decide which she wanted to use. now she simply takes a drink of water, holds it in her mouth, slips the pill in her mouth between pursed lips, and swallows the whole mouthful without any difficulty.

Melissa - posted on 09/23/2011

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Our dr suggested to us when our son starting taking pills was to take it with milk until he got used to it. Milk is thicker. He would take a sip but not swallow, put the pill in and then try to swallow it. Took a few days but he got it. Good luck!

Courtney - posted on 09/21/2011

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my son did the same thing so i put it in his pudding when he wasn't looking and he took it that way.

Daniela Mitissino - posted on 09/20/2011

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I agree with Kim crush it and mix it with something he likes and that will mask the taste...good luck

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