A hyperactive child, who is unable to concentrate well, may actually appear calmer after using Ritalin -- he may seem to be "slowed down." However, if he is slowed down so much so that it gets in the way of his everyday activities, then his doctor may want to make a change. The doctor may decrease the amount of the medicine he is receiving or even change his prescription altogether to a different medication. Each child is treated individually and followed closely by his teachers, family, and doctor.
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Pediatrics Expert Advice from Henry Bernstein, M.D.