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If my child stops taking ADHD medication will the symptoms reappear?

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Stopping ADHD medications may make your child's ADHD symptoms reappear or get worse. Hyperactivity, impulsivity, and inattention may become problems again within a day or two of stopping medication.

SOURCES:

Chorniy, A. , July 2016. Labour Economics

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and

American Psychiatric Association: “ADHD: Parents Medication Guide.”

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry: “ADHD: Frequently Asked Questions.”

Stephanie Sarkis, PhD, adjunct assistant professor, Florida Atlantic University; sub-investigator, Clinical Research Studies, Florida Atlantic University Schmidt College of Medicine, Boca Raton, FL.

Naomi Steiner, MD, developmental and behavioral pediatrician, Boston Medical Center.

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on August 23, 2018

SOURCES:

Chorniy, A. , July 2016. Labour Economics

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and

American Psychiatric Association: “ADHD: Parents Medication Guide.”

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry: “ADHD: Frequently Asked Questions.”

Stephanie Sarkis, PhD, adjunct assistant professor, Florida Atlantic University; sub-investigator, Clinical Research Studies, Florida Atlantic University Schmidt College of Medicine, Boca Raton, FL.

Naomi Steiner, MD, developmental and behavioral pediatrician, Boston Medical Center.

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on August 23, 2018

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