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Will I have to try several medications before my child's ADHD symptoms disappear?

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ADHD medications are used to improve children's ability to concentrate and work. Sometimes, a doctor must prescribe different medications or different dosages before finding the best treatment for a child. Doctors and parents need to carefully monitor children taking medications for ADHD.

From: ADHD Multimodal Treatment WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Neuroscience for Kids: "ADHD Gets Some Attention."

U.S. Department of Education: "Identifying and Treating Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: A Resource for School and Home."

The National Resource Center on ADHD: "Treatment Overview."

American Academy of Pediatrics: "National Institute of Mental Health Multimodal Treatment Study of ADHD Follow-Up: Changes in Effectiveness and Growth After the End of Treatment."

National Institute of Mental Health: "Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)."

FDA: "Risks for ADHD Drugs Outlined in Patient Guides."

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 6, 2018

SOURCES:

Neuroscience for Kids: "ADHD Gets Some Attention."

U.S. Department of Education: "Identifying and Treating Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: A Resource for School and Home."

The National Resource Center on ADHD: "Treatment Overview."

American Academy of Pediatrics: "National Institute of Mental Health Multimodal Treatment Study of ADHD Follow-Up: Changes in Effectiveness and Growth After the End of Treatment."

National Institute of Mental Health: "Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)."

FDA: "Risks for ADHD Drugs Outlined in Patient Guides."

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 6, 2018

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