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What are some tips to keep in mind when taking antidepressants for ADHD?

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Keep these tips in mind if you take antidepressants or give them to your child:

  • Always give the medication exactly as prescribed. Call your doctor with any problems or questions.
  • Antidepressants usually take at least 2 to 4 weeks before you start to notice if they're working. Be patient, and don't give up before giving them a chance to work.
  • Your doctor will probably want to start your medication at a low dose and raise it slowly over time until your symptoms are under control.
  • It's best not to miss doses. You take most once or twice a day. If you miss a day or two of venlafaxine (Effexor), it can cause an unpleasant withdrawal symptoms.
  • Tell your doctor if you notice any new or unusual side effects.

SOURCES:

Strattera web site.

Kapvay web site: "Monthly Prescribing Reference."

Food and Drug Administration.

American Academy of Childhood and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Medscape web site: “Once-Daily Guanfacine Approved to Treat ADHD.”

Intuniv web site.

Attention Deficit Disorder Resources web site: “Medication Management for Adults with ADHD.”

WebMD Medical Reference: “Should My Child Take Stimulant Medications for ADHD?"

National Institute of Mental Health web site: “Questions Raised about Stimulants and Sudden Death.”

HelpGuide.org web site: “ADD & ADHD Medications.”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 11, 2017

SOURCES:

Strattera web site.

Kapvay web site: "Monthly Prescribing Reference."

Food and Drug Administration.

American Academy of Childhood and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Medscape web site: “Once-Daily Guanfacine Approved to Treat ADHD.”

Intuniv web site.

Attention Deficit Disorder Resources web site: “Medication Management for Adults with ADHD.”

WebMD Medical Reference: “Should My Child Take Stimulant Medications for ADHD?"

National Institute of Mental Health web site: “Questions Raised about Stimulants and Sudden Death.”

HelpGuide.org web site: “ADD & ADHD Medications.”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 11, 2017

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