ADHD Medication Articles

People with ADHD frequently forget to take their prescriptions.

One of the most effective ways to manage ADHD is with medication. While it takes some time to identify the appropriate ADHD drug or meds and then obtain the right amount, this is not the only strategy nor is it a comprehensive approach to managing ADHD, but it is a very helpful one if you're ready to give them an honest effort.

It's called a pharmaceutical trial for a reason—psychic doctors who can predict the proper drug(s) and dosage on the first try are not employed here.

The following articles are intended for people with ADHD.

Additionally, visit the websites of the companies that produce the main ADHD medications by using my Chart of ADHD Medication Companies Websites.

Even though you might find these articles helpful, it's crucial to talk to your doctor or psychiatrist about medication so you can go through the process of trial and error and find the medicine or meds that work best for your particular ADHD brain and the right dosage.

Since we are not clones, there is no one "best" drug for ADDers.

It's possible that the ADHD medication(s) that help other people won't help you.

 I frequently advise my adult ADHD clients on how to overcome this challenge by finding strategies that are tailored to their individual ADHD personalities and brains.

After all, a component of ADHD is forgetting. Along with issues with time management, impulsivity, and distraction, etc.

What ADHD Medication Can and Can’t Do

Unrealistic hopes that taking an ADHD medicine will make all of your issues disappear and teach you social skills and time management at the same time! or ADHD drugs as the devil's instrument to call in the extraterrestrial lizard people to invade your flat building:)

Canadian ADHD Practice Guidelines. Chapter 5: Pharmacological Treatment Of ADHD

These are the free instructions to help you identify and manage ADHD if your doctor says they don't know anything about it.

The chapter about ADHD drugs is available for reading. And if you'd like, the other ones as well.

To view the pharmaceutical section, you must download the entire file.

Topics Covered:

Classification of medications

Treatments in the first and second lines

Third-line interventions

A step-by-step method for prescribing: Step 1: Establishing treatment goals

Step 2: Choosing a drug

Titration and monitoring in Step 3

Step 4: Continued monitoring

Controlling adverse consequences

Typical negative outcomes

When to discontinue taking a drug or lower the dosage

How to cease taking medication

Deciding to switch to an alternative

Techniques for managing the negative effects of medication

inadequate reaction to the prescribed care

Details on particular drugs

Canadian drug schedules broken down by age group


Absent stimulants

Frequently asked queries about drugs for ADHD

CADDRA Canadian ADHD Medication Chart

This just displays a portion of the 2-page free chart.

ADHD drug chart from the Canadian ADHD Resource Alliance. Enumerates selective alpha-2a adrenergic receptor agonists, selective norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors, amphetamine- and methylphenidate-based psychostimulants, and non-psychostimulants. lists the features, a picture, the length of time it takes to work, the initial dosage, the dose titration according to the product monograph, and the dose titration according to CADDRA for each medicine.

Along with the main possible drug interactions, it also covers each drug's contraindications. "Every copy of the new Canadian ADHD Practice Guidelines, which are provided without cost to CADDRA members or can be ordered by non-members from the CADDRA office, includes laminated versions of the medication charts."

UK’s NICE ( National Institute For Health And Care And Excellence) Guidelines for ADHD Medication.

Baseline assessment, medication choice for children and young adults, medication choice for adults, additional medication choices, medication choice for individuals with coexisting conditions, dose titration, shared care for medication, maintenance and monitoring, adherence to treatment, review of medication and discontinuation are all covered.

Unfortunately, a lot of doctors are ignorant of ADHD. Some frequently believe that the only ADHD drugs available are short-term, three-to four-hour treatments like Ritalin and Dexedrine. These doctors also often fail to inform their patients about long-term, once-daily ADHD meds, which can last eight to fourteen hours.

As a result, they anticipate that patients with ADHD, who are by definition impulsive, forgetful, easily distracted, disorganised, and time-blind, will remember to take their short-term ADHD meds three times daily. That's why I've included this NICE Guidelines part.

"1.7.20" Modified-release once-daily formulations might be considered when prescribing stimulants for ADHD for the following reasons:

Easy accessibility

Increasing conformity

lowering stigma (because taking medication at work or school is not required)

minimising issues with the administration and storage of restricted substances in schools

The potential for stimulant abuse and distraction when using immediate-release formulations

Their profiles of pharmacokinetics.

When determining the appropriate dosage levels during early titration or when more flexible dosing regimens are required, immediate-release formulations could be appropriate.

The Most Popular ADHD Medications: Comparison Chart USA

From Additude Magazine. Lists the medication, formulation, compound, duration, dosing considerations and savings program of these different types of ADHD medications:




Combination Amphetamine Salts


Guanfacine Clonidine


Setting up an ADHD Medication Log

Here are some tips for setting up an ADHD medication record to monitor the effectiveness and side effects of your ADD medication. This can greatly assist your doctor better manage your prescriptions and quickly determine the appropriate dosage for your particular ADHD brain.

A Parent’s Complete Guide to ADHD Medications

By the Editorial Board for ADHD, "Everything you need to know to help your child find the right ADHD medication—by learning how medications work, monitoring their effectiveness, and knowing when to switch to another medication if your child isn't getting the best results," says Laurie Dupar, Pmhnp, Rn, Pcc, William Dodson, M.D.

How Do ADHD Doctors Titrate Medication?

Some individuals believe psychiatrists and physicians are clairvoyants using ADHD drugs. "The spirits tell me that 40 milligrammes of you, Vyvanse, will work." There's a reason this is called a pharmaceutical trial.

When taking an ADHD medication at one dose, some adults and children with the disorder will quit taking it rather than trying another if it doesn't work for them. Something along the lines of "I tried durian and didn't like it, so I'm never trying any other fruit."

Finding the appropriate ADHD medication or medications and the appropriate dosage takes time. At least give ADHD medications a sincere effort if you're going to use them. Almost never do you obtain the appropriate medication and dosage the first time.

Therefore, at the very least, give taking an ADHD medicine a fair shot.

The ideal dosage of ADHD medicine for a particular patient cannot be predicted. Thus, physicians titrate drugs, gradually increasing the dosage until you or your child experiences the least amount of adverse effects and the greatest amount of symptom relief.

Generic Concerta Problems

Some over-the-counter ADHD drugs function well. Some people don't. Pharmacists are frequently offered incentives, bribes, or both to recommend generic products over branded brands since they are less expensive. However, I've never heard of as many ADDers complaining about using ADHD drugs as there are with some generic Concerta brands. Gina Pera has spent YEARS researching that issue. View her posts about it.

Does Stimulant Medication Cause Addiction?

explains the meaning of the title.

One day, we'll read papers asking questions like: Does not taking an ADHD medication make your youngster or adult child more likely to self-medicate with alcohol, cigarettes, or illegal narcotics in order to obtain the dopamine that the medicine would have provided?

Children on Methylphenidate Less Likely to Abuse Drugs, Study

Harvard Medical School researchers found that preteens treated with methylphenidate may grow resistant to medicines that can be abused. Additionally, the Harvard study refutes claims that giving stimulants to kids like Ritalin, Concerta, or other drugs containing methylphenidate could cause them to abuse substances later in life.

Does Stimulant Therapy of ADHD Beget Later Substance Abuse?

A Review of the Literature Using Metaanalysis. By the Harvard Medical School, Paediatrics, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Clinical Research Programme in Paediatric Psychopharmacology.

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