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What's the difference between short-acting and long-acting stimulants for adult ADHD?

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Many stimulant medications come in both short- and long-acting forms. Short-acting drugs wear off after about four hours. You take them one or two times a day. Long-acting or extended-release drugs can last eight to 12 hours, and you take them once a day. Talk with your doctor to decide which works best for your routine, and to figure out the best time of day to take your medication.

From: The Right ADHD Treatment for You WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health: “Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.”

National Resource Center on ADHD: “Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Adults with ADHD,” “Symptoms and Diagnostic Criteria,” “Managing Medication for Adults with ADHD.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Stimulant Therapy.”

National Institute on Drug Abuse: “DrugFacts: Stimulant ADHD Medications: Methylphenidate and Amphetamines.”

U.S. Food and Drug Administration: “ADHD: Not Just for Kids.”

U.S. National Library of Medicine: “Atomoxetine.”

American Heart Association: “Types of Blood Pressure Medications.”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on January 08, 2018

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health: “Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.”

National Resource Center on ADHD: “Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Adults with ADHD,” “Symptoms and Diagnostic Criteria,” “Managing Medication for Adults with ADHD.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Stimulant Therapy.”

National Institute on Drug Abuse: “DrugFacts: Stimulant ADHD Medications: Methylphenidate and Amphetamines.”

U.S. Food and Drug Administration: “ADHD: Not Just for Kids.”

U.S. National Library of Medicine: “Atomoxetine.”

American Heart Association: “Types of Blood Pressure Medications.”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on January 08, 2018

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