Caleb takes an OTC lozenge. He just chews it up. Before I found he'd take the lozenges, I had capsules that I would open and stick in a bite of ice cream. I told him to lick the spoon clean. He gets 4mg. His ped recommended it. He still wakes up at 3 am occasionally, but he goes to sleep so much easier. He used to stay up in his room until 11 or 12 most nights. Then he would be up at 4 am ready to party. Now he is asleep in less than 20 minutes, and generally sleeps 8-10 hours. He is just so much better rested in general. As far as dependency goes, I really don't know. Caleb has only been taking it for a couple months.
Bless your heart.