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Most Kids With ADHD Take Medication

84% of Kids With Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Take Drugs to Treat the Condition

Tips for Parents

Consumer Reports Health offers these tips for monitoring medications.

  • Keep a log of your child's progress and "down" times to make sure dosing is correct and side effects are manageable.
  • Help your family manage stress by being patient and understanding during new experiences and around unfamiliar people.
  • If side effects seem overwhelming, talk with your doctor about switching drugs or dosing.
  • Talk with your physician about having time off - for example, a drug holiday -perhaps during vacations.
  • Keep good records to create a baseline for your child. Document not just test results and dates but also notes about practitioners, dosages, and frequencies.

The report also says that although drugs can help treat ADHD, medications can also be used for purposes other than those for which they are intended.

Consumer Reports' medical advisor, Orly Avitzur, MD, says students and professionals sometimes are seeking out drugs to help them improve work or test performance.

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