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What should I do if my child's ADHD medication doesn't work as well years later?

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Many parents find that after several years, the medicine that used to help their child no longer does the job. Older kids have more demands on their concentration, especially in high school.

If his old behavior seems to be returning, let the pediatrician know. It may be time to increase the dose or try a different drug. Doctors can also switch to a formula that lasts longer, or add another shorter-acting pill later in the day.

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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