How Are Medications Used to Manage ADHD?

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

During your visits, the health care professional may check:

  • If the medication is still effective
  • If the dose is right for you
  • If you are 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 as directed by your health care professional.