Cindy - posted on 03/20/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )
My son, who is 4 years old, was on Methelphenadayte (generic Ridlin), and was fine on it. He had been taking it for about 7 months with no problems until this past weekend when he began complaining about this apple that was biting, chasing, and crawling on him. It got so bad that we had to take him to the hospital Emergency Room at Children's Hospital in Cincinnati. They did a battery of blood tests, urine tests, and a CT scan, all of which came back totally normal. The doctors deemed it "drug induced psychosis", told me to take him off the meds (not his Clonidine at night though), and to follow up with his ped in 48 hours.
It's been 4 days and he is still, albeit very rarely, mentioning the apple. He could not hear the apple but he described the apple as having a mouth, teeth, hands, arms, legs, feet, eyes, and nose. NO EARS. He made that very clear to us. He tells us that the apple resembles the apple on those Apple Jacks commercials with Apple and Cinna-Mon...He loves apples as a food, so why he chose this as his "demon" I will never know.
Have any of you ever experienced anything like this? If so, what did you do? Thanks to all of you!