What Are Medications for ADHD? | Child Psychology


For many families medication is a necessary
option to treat the symptoms of ADHD. In this instance, you would contact your pediatrician,
your child’s psychologist or your pediatric neurologist to help abate some of the symptoms
of ADHD. It’s really important to sit down with this
professional and ask questions about positive outcome, about potential side effects and
how well your child can tolerate these medications. Typically for ADHD, the medications of choice
are stimulant medications and non-stimulant medications. Some of the more common stimulant medications
include Ritalin, and Dexadrine, and Adderal, or Focalin or Vyvanse. And some of these are long lasting long acting
medications and some are very short acting. Often, your medical doctor will use some of
these medications in combination to best help your child. Sometimes children can’t tolerate the side
effects of the stimulant medications, so your medical professional may suggest something
that’s a non-stimulant. Stratera is a popular brand of medication. One thing that I always tell parents that’s
very important, if you’re trying medication with your child, stay in very close contact
with your medical doctor. And make sure if there are any changes in
your child’s behavior or symptoms, that you immediately let them know. Also, teachers and other adults that are working
with your child are very good sources of information to let you know whether your child’s symptoms
have actually improved or if there are some other issues that need to be addressed. While there are many medication options to
treat ADHD, it’s really important that parents consider what we’ve said here and discuss
the treatment strategies with their medical doctor.