Putting your child on medication for
ADHD is a personal decision. While ADHD drugs are very effective, they might not be right for all kids and families.
Whether you’re thinking about ADHD medication for your child, or your child already takes it, there’s so much to know. How do the different ADHD medicines work? Will they cause side effects? Having answers can help you make sure your child is getting the maximum benefit from
This guide can help you make informed decisions as you’re considering or managing ADHD medication.
There are a few types of medicine for ADHD, and not all of them work in the same way. Working with her prescriber, your child may need to try more than one type until she finds the one that works best for her.
ADHD Medication Side Effects
Who Prescribes ADHD Medication for Kids
There are many types of health care providers who can prescribe medication for ADHD. Your child’s prescriber will also monitor your child to make sure the type of drug and the dosage and timing are working well for your child.
ADHD Medication and the Brain
The various ADHD medications don’t all work in the same way. But they all work to reduce
ADHD symptoms by improving how different areas of the brain communicate.
ADHD Drug Holidays and Adjusting Medication
There may be times when the prescriber suggests adjusting your child’s medication. That may happen when the dosage or timing of the drug is causing side effects, or if it isn’t working well. The prescriber might also suggest taking a “drug holiday” during school breaks or weekends.
Talking to Your Child About ADHD Medication
It’s important for your child to know about the medication he takes for ADHD. Understanding why he needs it and what to expect helps him learn to self-advocate. It also prepares him to assume more responsibility for his treatment as he gets older.
As kids get older, they may face peer pressure to share or sell their ADHD medication. Some kids may also misuse their medication to get a “boost” during crunch times, such as exams. And in rare cases, misuse can turn into abuse.
Non-Medication Treatment for ADHD
ADHD medication doesn’t work for all kids. And some parents may decide it’s not right for their child. Whether your child does or doesn’t take medicine for ADHD, you may wonder what other treatments exist.
Deciding on ADHD Medication for Your Child
It can be tough to decide whether to have your child try ADHD medication. You may be getting a lot of input from other people—some helpful and some not. Weighing all the factors and hearing from parents who’ve already gone through it may make the decision-making easier.
Understood is not affiliated with any pharmaceutical company.