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What should you expect in an attention deficit hyperactivity disorder medication titration process?

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Titration is a big word that means working with your doctor to get your child’s medication just right. The goal is to find the dose (or amount) of medicine that controls your child's symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) with the fewest side effects. Like any medicine, ADHD drugs can have side effects. And they don't work in exactly the same way for every child. It can take time to find the right balance -- sometimes many weeks. But it is worth it. The doctor will usually tell you to give your child slightly more medicine every one to three weeks. They will continue this until your child's ADHD symptoms are controlled or they get side effects.

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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