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How long does it take to find the right dosage balance for ADHD medication?

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It can take time to find the right balance -- sometimes many weeks. The doctor will usually tell you to give your child slightly more medicine every 1 to 3 weeks. They will continue this until your child's ADHD symptoms are controlled or they develop side effects.

ADHD medication dosages should always be planned just for the needs of your child. There's no blanket treatment plan that works for everyone with ADHD.

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health: "What medications are used to treat ADHD?"

Subcommittee on Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Steering Committee on Quality Improvement and Management. , Oct. 16, 2011. Pediatrics

Brinkman, W. , April 2011. Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and American Psychiatric Association: “ADHD Parents Medication Guide.”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 27, 2019

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health: "What medications are used to treat ADHD?"

Subcommittee on Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Steering Committee on Quality Improvement and Management. , Oct. 16, 2011. Pediatrics

Brinkman, W. , April 2011. Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and American Psychiatric Association: “ADHD Parents Medication Guide.”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 27, 2019

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