This is one of the best medicines that my son has been on. He was diagnosed with severe ADHD at the age of 5.He is 10 now. He has been on numerous medicines, any parent with an ADHD child knows how hard it is to find a medicine that works for child without the terrible side effects. My son was placed on Metadate CD about a year ago and he does not have any of the side effects that he had with other medications. Metadate is a controlled release medicine which means he doesn't have the embarrasment of taking trips to the nurses office at lunch time or multiple doses throughout the day. What I like the most about this medicine is that he does not have a, what I like to call a zombie effect. He still can play sports, and is still creative. He is just more focused for a longer period of time. His Dr. told me that is because the medicine is slowly released into his system throughout the day in more broken down amounts which means less risk of headaches, nausea and tired feeling. I would recommend that any parent discuss this alternative with their DR.