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Is it ok for me to let my child take their own medication if they are in middle or high school?

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If your child is in middle school or high school, you may want to let him take his medication on his own. It's still best for you to monitor how many pills are in the bottle, and watch to see that he takes them as prescribed.

If he manages that well, he may be ready to take pills without supervision. You know your child best, but talk to his doctor and other people involved in his ADHD treatment, like therapists and teachers, before you make that call.

SOURCES:

Chorniy, A. , July 2016. Labour Economics

Stephanie Sarkis, PhD, adjunct assistant professor at Florida Atlantic University; sub-investigator at Clinical Research Studies at the Florida Atlantic University Schmidt College of Medicine in Boca Raton, Florida.

Naomi Steiner, MD, developmental and behavioral pediatrician at Boston Medical Center.

Gould, O. March 2016 Journal of Attention Disorders,

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and

American Psychiatric Association: “ADHD: Parents Medication Guide.”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on August 23, 2018

SOURCES:

Chorniy, A. , July 2016. Labour Economics

Stephanie Sarkis, PhD, adjunct assistant professor at Florida Atlantic University; sub-investigator at Clinical Research Studies at the Florida Atlantic University Schmidt College of Medicine in Boca Raton, Florida.

Naomi Steiner, MD, developmental and behavioral pediatrician at Boston Medical Center.

Gould, O. March 2016 Journal of Attention Disorders,

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and

American Psychiatric Association: “ADHD: Parents Medication Guide.”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on August 23, 2018

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