There is a new medication to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) available through your child and adolescent psychiatrist. Jornay PM is a stimulant used to treat ADHD symptoms in children six years and older. Jornay PM is a methylphenidate-based medication, but it has a special feature. Taken at night, Jornay PM has been shown to control ADHD symptoms from the time the child wakes up in the morning and keeps working right through the day.
For many families, morning time can be a stressful time. Waking up, having your child get ready for school, including getting cleaned up and dressed, eating breakfast, brushing their teeth, finding their shoes, remembering everything they need to take to school, and getting out of the house in time to make it to school before the bell rings can feel like running a marathon every day. When the morning routine doesn’t go right, starting the day in a whirlwind of chaos can set your child up for a rough start to his or her academic school day. Jornay PM is designed to help make mornings smoother and set the day up for success right from the start.
Jornay PM aims to help make mornings smoother by having the stimulant medication reach full therapeutic levels when the child wakes up. This allows for greater organization, efficiency, emotional control, and focus during the morning routine, followed by a continued dose of medication during school-time hours. Jornay PM achieves this by manufacturing the capsule and microbeads with delayed release and extended release technology. The delayed release prevents the medication from entering the bloodstream for 10-12 hours after ingestion. The extended release technology allows for the release of a consistent stream of medication throughout the day.
As the parent or guardian of a child with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, if you feel that your child’s current medication regime could use some improvement, talk to Dr. Kothari, MD. Jornay PM is a CNS stimulant prescription medication and may not be right for every child. It is important to discuss taking the medication with your child’s psychiatrist as there are side effects, allergies, and possible medication interactions to consider before determining if Jornay PM is a possible treatment choice for your child’s Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). If Jornay PM is not the right option for your child’s ADHD, Dr. Kothari can offer other medication options that may better fit your child’s needs. Call Dr. Kothari’s office today at (561) 483-0844 to schedule an appointment to discuss Jornay PM or your child’s ADHD medications. Dr. Kothari’s Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatry office is in Boca Raton, which is conveniently located for patients traveling from Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Delray Beach, Coral Springs, and Parkland.