Ds9 was diagnosed with ADHD back in kindergarten. By 1st grade, he was able to swallow a pill with juice (Concerta) all was good until he started gagging a lot with it and having trouble swallowing it. Our ped. suggested putting it in ice cream. This worked until around end of 2nd grade when dh and I went on our 1st and only trip w/o kids for 4 nts for his big bday. My parents stayed at our house and, in our absence and for no particular reason, decided trying jelly instead of ice cream. (grrr....who on Earth likes a mouthful of jelly?) By the time we get back, he can't do it with either. He was so upset and increasing anxiety over taking his meds. So we switch to Metadate sprinkles in pudding. This has worked for a while but several times this year he says he's taken it when really he just can't gag it down. He holds it in his mouth almost crying/trying to swallow. He really really needs it for school. Without it, his behavior is just outrageous like laying on the classroom floor pretending to swim, besides not getting work done, staying focused, etc. School will call us out of work when they realize he's not medicated since it becomes a completely non academic day for him. They also need to separate him from the rest of the class since he would be way to disruptive to let him stay. This has happened 3x this school year. He is a non stop eating machine and really has no physical swallowing problems otherwise. We joke that he's part shark. This is why I think it's an emotional issue, not physical. It takes him so long to muster the courage to even pick up the spoon and then holds it for 10 mins before finally getting it to his mouth. I have tried being firm and yelling, patient and quiet, you name it. Nothing works. It gets him more upset when I sit at the table with him and watch him so I take a shower while he takes his med and puts his shoes on. I already get up at 5:30 am to get us all ready, pack lunches etc, to be at work by 8. I have to clock in and can't be 1 minute late. I have been late so many times, I've been suspended and now in trouble again. (Must have 0 latenesses for 1 yr. to get out of trouble.) Now is not a good time to lose my job and I outearn my dh by 30% so if we wanted 1 parent to stay home anyway, it would have to be him. I just don't have 45 mins extra in the morning to wait for him to take his meds. Also it seems if I allotted 45 mins. he'd hold the spoon that long and we'd still be rushing. I currently wake him up 1 hr. before we have to leave and dress him too or we'd never get out the door. Older ds13 has ADD and has been on Concerta since 1st grade when he could 1st swallow a pill and never had any issues with it. I pleaded with my ped and finally she is willing to write for the Daytrana patch. (Sorry, you were wondering when I was going to get to that...) If anyone has used it after using another med, how does it compare? Did your child have a hard time having it peeled off? I was reading about recalls, not safety related, but in how it peels out of the package (tearing, etc.) One business article mentioned it hasn't made any $ for the manufacturer and it flat out doesn't work so when are they finally going to pull the plug on it. I'm worried about starting something that who knows if it will be on the market next year. Has anyone had any success with it? It sounds too good to be true. I'd appreciate any feedback. Thanks! ps. We had to wait for the pharmacy to get some special authorization from our ped to get it filled so we can't pick it up til tomorrow.