Getting any child up and out the door in time for school can be a trying experience, but if a child has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), this process can make you want to pull your hair out.
Think about all that can go wrong: The backpack may not be where it was supposed to be or the dog may have literally eaten the homework. Suddenly, a child remembers he or she is supposed to bring something special to school or flat out refuses to wear a raincoat when it's monsooning. The list...
If that doesn't work well, the doctor might have your child keep taking the stimulant along with another type of medicine at the same time. This is called “adjunctive therapy.”
Treatment With Medication
The doctor will probably start your child on a small dose (or amount) of ADHD medicine. He’ll raise the dose slowly until it starts helping. The goal is to improve your child's symptoms and cause the fewest side effects.
Changes in heart rate and other heart problems also have been reported with some of these medicines. Your doctor should check your child’s blood pressure and heart rate routinely to watch for these effects.
Researchers still need to learn more about the safety and effectiveness of combining stimulants with other types of medications to treat ADHD. They are studying these different combos in clinical trials.
If your child has side effects, tell your pediatrician or psychiatrist immediately. The doctor may suggest stopping the medication or changing the dose.