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What are long-acting medications for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)?

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Long-acting drugs are designed to work in phases. Part of them release into your bloodstream shortly after you take them (typically in the morning) and the rest throughout the day.

These meds are a good choice if you need symptom relief all day but want to take just one pill. Some people say they feel “smoother” than short-acting drugs because they cause fewer ups and downs. But some people find they need to supplement their long-acting medicine with a short-acting one later in the day, when the effects may wear off.

SOURCES:

Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD): “Medication Management.”

Child Mind Institute: “Understanding ADHD Medications,” “Side Effects of ADHD Medication.”

Michelle Frank, PsyD, vice president, Attention Deficit Disorder Association.

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on January 08, 2018

SOURCES:

Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD): “Medication Management.”

Child Mind Institute: “Understanding ADHD Medications,” “Side Effects of ADHD Medication.”

Michelle Frank, PsyD, vice president, Attention Deficit Disorder Association.

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on January 08, 2018

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