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My step-son is taking Concerta. Shouldn’t he take it every day? His mom only gives it to him through the week, not on the weekends, or only when he’s in school. When we have him, he says he feels weird on Monday at school. I want to know if it is harmful to him because he’s on and off it so much.


Medication for ADHD, such as Concerta, should be taken whenever the hyperactivity, inattention, and/or impulsivity could interfere with the child’s ability to function and perform.

If weekends are casual and there are no sports activities or homework to do, he might be ok without medication. If you notice that his ADHD behaviors create behavioral, social, or academic difficulties when he is with you, it might be important for him to be on the medication.

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