just as hard. Here’s an overview of ADHD medication options along with the signs and
symptoms that it may be time to change your dosage—or the medication itself.
1American Academy of Pediatrics, 2011, ADHD: Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Diagnosis, Evaluation, and Treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in Children and Adolescents.
2Centers for Disease Control, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ( cdc.gov/ncbddd/adhd/index.html).
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For 20-30% of people with
ADHD, stimulants do not work.
For these patients, trying a
nonstimulant is the next step.
If stimulants do work for you,
adjusting dosage is the next step.
the first line of defense
The stimulant class of
medication works for 70-80%
of children with ADHD.
Stimulants increase neurotransmitter
levels of dopamine and norepinephrine
between the brain’s synapses. The
result: reduced hyperactivity,
distractibility, and/or impulsivity.
There are 29 FDA-approved
stimulant medications. All of
them use one of only two
Some patients experience
good results with
prefer amphetamine. The
best choice hinges on an
even family members can
have different preferences.