So I go and pick up difficult child 2's prescription for Focalin yesterday. I find out that he was given the smallest dose and his has to be given twice a day, meaning he would have to take it at home and at school. I do NOT want to go through the hassle of giving a pill in the morning then having him pulled out of class or on his lunch break so the school nurse can give him another. Further more, medications at school require a doctor's note. I can't just send him to school with a bottle of pills and tell them he needs to take them. psychiatrist is a child psychiatrist. Shouldn't he know this already? There are plenty of other long acting stims out there that he can try. Why give him one that has to be taken twice a day? I know he's not a mind reader but doesn't he know how difficult he makes it on the parents and school if he prescribes something with those instructions? Oh, and on the bottle, all it says is to give it to him twice daily. So what does that mean? Four hours apart, six hours apart....what? I am not about to guess at this and just give it to him whenever I damn well feel like it. So I called psychiatrist last night and told the receptionist he needs to call me back ASAP because I am not going to give him one damn pill until I get these instructions right. He never called me back. Not last night and not this morning. I called the pharmacist to see if there were more instructions that they had that I didn't. The pharmacist had the nerve to tell me that I was supposed to give him one dose in the morning and one dose in the evening. I reminded her that this is a stimulant. I am NOT about to give my kid who suffers from insomnia a stimulant before bed time! The pharmacist argued with me and kept telling me that this was the doctor's instructions. Well I think she's full of ****. What kind of reputable psychiatrist would give a kid a stimulant at bedtime?? So I email doctor right away this morning. Let him know that I am not happy with the whole taking medications at school thing, plus we don't have a doctor's note so how on earth can we do it anyway. Then asked him exactly how far apart I should space the pills because I would like to at least try out this medication on the weekend with him just to see how he reacts to his first try with a stimulant. I still have not heard back anything. We have been seeing this psychiatrist for several years now and I have never had a problem getting ahold of him promptly. Who knows, maybe he had an emergency last night, I don't know. I could be jumping the gun. Still, I want answers and I'm not getting any so I guess difficult child 2 will remain medication free until I get some.