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ADHD Medications: Other Risks continued...

So what should you do to lessen the risk of having medication side effects? Talk to your doctor. Go over your concerns, and have your doctor review your medical history. Be sure to mention if you have high blood pressure, heart problems, or a history of mental health problems or addiction. 

Your doctor may want to run some tests to make sure that ADHD medications will be safe for you. For instance, you might need an EKG to monitor heart rhythm and rule out problems. After you start treatment, your doctor will probably want you to come in for regular checkups to see how you’re doing and to check your weight, blood pressure, and pulse.  

But remember this: Experts believe these ADHD medications are generally very safe. The risk of serious problems is extremely low. For many people, the benefits of treatment far outweigh the risks.

If you do have side effects from your ADHD medications, rest assured that most will subside with time. But if they’re bothering you – if they’re severe or interfering with your life -- don’t try to ignore them. Get help from your doctor. Together, you'll be able to come up with a way to work around the side effects or to resolve them altogether.