How Are ADHD Medications Used to Manage ADHD?
- Several medications have been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat ADHD. These include central nervous system stimulants like amphetamines or methylphenidate products.
- Medication 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 follow-up 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.