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Can my child stop taking ADHD medication as they get older?

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For some people, the symptoms of ADHD get better with age. At some point, your child may not need medication. Don't stop the medication on your own, though. Talk to his doctor about taking a monitored break from the drug to see what happens.

SOURCES:

American Psychiatric Association: “Parent’s Medication Guide: ADHD.”

Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: “Managing Medication.”

National Institute for Children’s Health Quality: “NICHQ Vanderbilt Assessment Scales.”

American Psychiatric Association: “What Is ADHD?”

CDC: “Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on August 23, 2018

SOURCES:

American Psychiatric Association: “Parent’s Medication Guide: ADHD.”

Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: “Managing Medication.”

National Institute for Children’s Health Quality: “NICHQ Vanderbilt Assessment Scales.”

American Psychiatric Association: “What Is ADHD?”

CDC: “Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on August 23, 2018

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