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How should you take stimulant medications for adult ADHD?

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Once you agree on a medication, your doctor will probably prescribe a low dose and see if it helps your symptoms. If it doesn’t, you may need to increase the dose slowly or try something else.

Many of these 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 8, 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 8, 2018

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