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How long do ADHD stimulant medication effects last?

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Stimulants tend to leave the body quickly. Some formulas wear off in just 3 to 4 hours. The longest-acting stimulants can last 12 hours. Before doing a symptom check, you should know when your child last took their medication to make sure it's in their system.

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 September 12, 2020

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 September 12, 2020

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