Medication is an important part of your ADHD treatment. Many types of drugs can be used to control symptoms of the disorder.
You and your doctor will work together to figure out which medication is right for you, along with the ideal dose (amount) and schedule (how often or when you need to take it). It may take some time to figure those things out.
There's no single test to diagnose ADHD. Instead, doctors rely on several things, including:
Interviews with the parents, relatives, teachers, or other adults
Personally watching the child or adult
Questionnaires or rating scales that measure symptoms of ADHD
The doctor needs to see how much a person’s symptoms are affecting his daily moods, behavior, productivity, and lifestyle habits. And he needs to rule out other conditions.
With children, the doctor will...
Short-acting (immediate-release). These take effect quickly. They can wear off quickly, too. You may need to take these several times a day.
Intermediate-acting. These last longer than short-acting versions.
Long-acting forms. You might only need to take this kind once a day.
Stimulants for ADHD
This group of drugs has treated ADHD for several decades. These medicines might help you focus your thoughts and ignore distractions. Stimulant meds work for 70% to 80% of people.
They’re used to treat both moderate and severe ADHD. They may be helpful for children, teens, and adults who have a hard time at school, work, or home. Some stimulants are approved for use in children over age 3. Others are approved for children over age 6.