How Is ADHD Managed?

Medication

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How are medications used to manage ADHD?


  • Several medications have been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat ADHD and symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity.
  • Medicine may not be right for everyone. Talk with your loved one's doctor to determine if medication is appropriate to help manage your loved one's ADHD symptoms.
  • Although medication is not a cure, it is thought to help the areas of the brain that control attention and behavior.
  • Your loved one's doctor can work with you to find out which ADHD medication works best for your loved one.
  • It may take time to find the right medication (or combination of medications) and the right dose.
  • As with all medications, ADHD medications must be used properly.
  • If your loved one's doctor prescribed medication as part of the management plan, it is important that it is taken exactly as the doctor tells him or her to take it.

During your loved one's visits, the health care professional may check:

  • If the medication is still effective
  • If the dose is right for your loved one
  • If your loved one is experiencing any side effects
  • If the medication is still needed
  • Weight, blood pressure, pulse, and other health measures

As with all medications, ADHD medications must be used properly.