Ask the Doctor: Critical Questions About ADHD Drugs

Considering ADHD drug therapy for your child? Ask your doctor the right questions.

Symptoms that suggest ADHD. ADDitude Magazine

Before agreeing to start your child on attention-deficit drug therapy, be sure to get answers to the following questions:

  • What is the diagnosis?
  • What is the medicine, and how does it work?
  • Have studies been done on it?
  • Which tests need to be done before my child starts the medication?
  • How soon will I see an improvement?
  • How often will my child have to take the medicine?
  • How will the decision be made to stop it?
  • What are the negative side effects of the medicine?
  • What will happen if my child doesn't take it?

From Making the System Work for Your Child with ADHD, by Peter S. Jensen, M.D. (© 2004 Guilford Press, reprinted with permission.)

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