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(BPT) - Getting back into the swing of things for this year’s return to school may be a challenge after more than 18 months away, and even more so for children living with ADHD. But caregiver concerns about ADHD are not just limited to the school year. Some parents and/or caregivers opt for a “medication vacation” or “drug holiday” to give their children a break from treatment during the summer.
How to approach taking a drug holiday makes all the difference in managing ADHD. Seeking guidance from a healthcare professional is always the first step, but here are some things to know while your family is planning summer activities and preparing to transition into the upcoming school year.
Why parents/doctors consider ADHD drug holidays/medication vacation
Drug holidays are known as deliberate interruptions of pharmacotherapy for a defined period of time and for a specific clinical purpose and may vary from short breaks such as weekends, to longer breaks like summer vacation.1 Especially for children whose ADHD is managed with a controlled substance, parents may opt to take a break from the treatment while school is not in session.
ADHD is more than a school issue
Parents who helped their kids with virtual school during the pandemic may have seen the value of their children remaining on medication. If your child is returning to their ADHD medication regimen, it’s best to consult with your health care provider to consider the best time of day to take their medication to optimize effectiveness. Even for kids with ADHD that excel in school, the return of afterschool activities, completing daily chores or even learning how to drive may be a struggle.
Timing is everything
The beginning of the school year may not be the best time to make any big or drastic changes in your child's treatment regimen. They will already be faced with new teachers and classes and perhaps a new school with new friends, especially following a year of virtual learning. It’s important to speak with your doctor to determine the best plan to resume your child’s medication before heading back to school.
No two kids are created equal
Your child is constantly developing and changing from year to year, so it’s important to pay attention to behaviors, changes to their response to medication and how they managed while being on a drug holiday. Consult with your physician when considering if a medication vacation is right for your child.
Other ADHD medication options
Nearly 6.1 million children and adolescents in the U.S. are diagnosed with ADHD2 and many may potentially be in need of new options for treatment.
Qelbree™ is a new, non-controlled medication approved for the treatment of ADHD in children and adolescents, aged 6-17. Talking honestly with your child’s healthcare provider is key to coming up with the best treatment plan.
For additional safety information and to learn more, visit Qelbree.com to sign up for updates.
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