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

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This kind of medicine helps if you need to focus for just a few hours. Perhaps you’re working on spreadsheets or writing a report and need to be sharp.

A short-acting med peaks and falls in your bloodstream quickly. You might feel irritable when it wears off. That’s called a rebound effect.

If you want to control symptoms all day, you’ll need to pop more than one pill. That can be inconvenient and hard to remember to do when you’re busy.

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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