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ADD / ADHD Evaluation and Recheck Appointments

The diagnosis and treatment of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) / Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) can be frustrating and challenging.  Behavior management and medications can help your child lead a fulfilling life.  Finding the medication and dosing that works best for your child is a trial and error process and may take multiple appointments. Your pediatrician will determine whether your child has ADD/ADHD using standard guidelines developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics.  The process requires several steps and involves gathering information from multiple sources. You, your child, your child's school, and other caregivers should be involved in assessing your child's behavior.

Initial Appointment

Call 317-621-9000 or request an appointment online to schedule an initial appointment to discuss your child possibly having ADD/ADHD. In addition to looking at your child's behavior, your pediatrician will do a physical and neurologic examination. A complete medical history will be needed to put your child's behavior in context and screen for other conditions that may affect their behavior. Your pediatrician also will talk with your child about how your child acts and feels.  LEARN MORE (article from the American Academy of Pediatrics)  

Medication Follow-up Appointments

If a medication regimen is prescribed and established, routine visits are scheduled every six months. Medication refills are not completed for children who do not come for medication follow-up visits or their yearly well-child checkups. Depending on your insurance company, two co-pays may be assessed for the annual well-child ADD/ADHD combination visit. Required yearly checkups and medication follow-up appointments must be current to refill ADD/ADHD medications.  Failure to schedule and keep recommended visits will result in no refills prescribed until the patient has an office visit. 

Medications and Refills

Many medications used to treat ADD/ADHD are stimulant Schedule 2 drugs and may have side effects such as appetite suppression, insomnia, and high blood pressure. These medications have gained popularity as street drugs, and state and federal drug agencies carefully monitor their use. These prescriptions are sent electronically to the pharmacy. Most pharmacy plans only authorize one 30-day supply dispensed at one time.

•    When requesting your monthly prescription, we ask that you give us at least seven days' notice.  Your child's primary physician will review the chart and confirm the correct dosage and timing of the follow-up appointment.

•    Required yearly checkups and medication follow-up appointments must be current to refill ADD/ADHD medications.  Failure to schedule and keep recommended visits will result in no refills prescribed until the patient has an office visit.
 

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Schedule your child's evaluation or follow-up appointments

Appointment Schedule

  • Evaluation appointment for potential ADD/ADHD
  • Review testing results: Discuss diagnosis and treatment plan
  • 1 month following start of medication:  Medication follow-up visit with nurse practitioner (or primary physician if necessary) for the purpose of reviewing dosing, side effects and progress
  • 3-4 months:  Follow up visit with nurse practitioner or primary physician
  • 6 months later:  Follow up visit with your primary physician.

Required yearly checkups and medication follow-up appointments must be current to refill ADD/ADHD medications.  Failure to schedule and keep recommended visits will result in no refills prescribed until the patient has an office visit.