When J was diagnosed with ADHD end of last year before his ASD diagnosis, this May, we were recommended to put him on medication. He was struggling to cope with school and After School Club and it was advised that his FAST assessment might not happen until he was on medication.
We eventually decided to put him on it, ‘Equasym XL’ 10mg and from day 1, school show a huge difference. After School Club, not so much as the medication wore off pretty much as he started there at the end of the school day.
Over the summer holidays, the days he has been in Summer School Club, we have given him his medication. But every other day, we haven’t bothered. The doctor said it doesn’t have to be given every day, it doesn’t get built up in his body and there is no repercussions to him taking it as and when.
Of course, one Summer School Club day, I forgot to give him it. The next time he was in club, I was greeted with “so is that us starting again then?” by the club leader….
Basically she was under the impression that he SHOULD be on it every day and that if you take him off, it’s like starting afresh. She was quite annoyed that I told her what the doctor told me. Of course, getting an appointment with the school doctor is nigh on impossible at the moment.
So what’s your experience with Equasym? Is it supposed to be given daily with no interruption? Is the School
Club leader wrong to dictate in a roundabout way that I should be giving my son drugs every day?