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What are useful guidelines to keep in mind if your child is going to take stimulants for ADHD?

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The following are useful guidelines to keep in mind if your child is going to take stimulants for ADHD:

  • Always give the medication exactly as prescribed. If there are any problems or questions, call your doctor.
  • When starting a stimulant, do it on a weekend. Then you will have a chance to see how the child does on it.
  • Your doctor will probably want to start your child on a low dose of medication. Then they can up the amount slowly until symptoms are controlled.
  • Try to stick to a regular schedule. To make sure they take the medicine at the same times every day, children may need teachers, nurses, or other caregivers to give the medicine.
  • If a dose is missed, take the next dose at the regular time. Don't try to catch up by taking additional doses.

From: Stimulant Medications for ADHD WebMD Medical Reference

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National Institutes of Health. 

News release, Pfizer.

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on March 25, 2019

SOURCES: 

National Institutes of Health. 

News release, Pfizer.

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on March 25, 2019

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