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My son of 8 years has ADHD and is taking

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Posted on Tue, 19 Mar 2019
Question: My son of 8 years has ADHD and is taking 10mg Ritalin LA everday. Should i also be giving it to him on weekends? and during holidays? By not giving it to him on weekends, does it take longer to take effect on Monday?
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Answered by Dr. Pradeep Kumar (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
It can be withheld on weekends after discussion with physician

Detailed Answer:
Hi

Thanks for asking on Ask A Doctor platform

I have gone through the query and do understand your.
Ritalin LA contains methylphenidate and it is a long acting formulation.
The time of onset of action is about 1 hours and half life of elimination of drug from body is about 10 hours.
There are many studies showing the drug holiday means discontinuing the medicine on weekend has some benefits but still this is not followed as a recommendation. Considering the less duration for onset of action weekend gap should not effect the next dose.
As the onset of action is less the drug holiday can be considered after discussion with the treating physician under close monitoring.

I hope this helps.
Please let me know if you have any more questions.
Regards
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Pradeep Kumar (2 hours later)
Thank you.
So by not giving it to him on weekends is not going to affect the efficacy of it on Monday....is that correct?
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Answered by Dr. Pradeep Kumar (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Yes

Detailed Answer:
Yes, because of short duration of onset of action and limited half life of elimination from body. But drug holiday should be strictly under supervision of physician.
Regards
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Vaishalee Punj
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My son of 8 years has ADHD and is taking

Brief Answer: It can be withheld on weekends after discussion with physician Detailed Answer: Hi Thanks for asking on Ask A Doctor platform I have gone through the query and do understand your. Ritalin LA contains methylphenidate and it is a long acting formulation. The time of onset of action is about 1 hours and half life of elimination of drug from body is about 10 hours. There are many studies showing the drug holiday means discontinuing the medicine on weekend has some benefits but still this is not followed as a recommendation. Considering the less duration for onset of action weekend gap should not effect the next dose. As the onset of action is less the drug holiday can be considered after discussion with the treating physician under close monitoring. I hope this helps. Please let me know if you have any more questions. Regards