Managing your child’s ADHD
Your child has been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. The treatment prescribed by your doctor includes medication that is a controlled substance. In order to monitor the medication’s effectiveness and possible side effects, follow up evaluations at 3 months, 6 months, and 1 year are required.
These visits are important to evaluate:
- The effectiveness of the medication
- Mood and behavior changes
- Blood Pressure, weight, and appetite
- Consistency in taking medication
- Adjustment in medication dosing
In addition, an annual Well child exam and a separate ADHD evaluation are required each year for as long as your child is on medication. If your child is well controlled on medication, these visits may be combined into one longer appointment.
For the follow up evaluations at 6 months and 1 year appointments, a new Vanderbilt Assessment Screening must be completed by both parents and 1 – 2 teachers. As your child grows and matures, it will be important for those people closest to him/her to help assess the effectiveness of this medications. This team includes but is not limited to; parents, grandparents, afterschool care givers, and teachers.
These will be sent to you via the patient portal to be completed through the application called CHADIS.
Requesting my child’s medication refill.
As a controlled substance, these medications can only be prescribed 1 month at a time. At Mahoney Pediatrics we have the ability to e-prescribe this medicine to your pharmacy. We do not give hand-written scripts.
In order to request a refill, your child must be up to date on all follow up visits and Vanderbilt packets. Medications MUST BE REQUESTED THROUGH THE PATIENT PORTAL.