5 Safety Rules for Using ADHD Medications

Deciding to treat ADHD symptoms with medication is not a cop out or a quick fix. Determining the right dosage of the right prescription is hard work. Follow these rules for dialing in the best treatment possible with the fewest side effects.

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Rule 4: Keep Tabs

Work with teachers and doctors to chart how - or if - the medication is working.

Parents can help the doctor arrive at the right dosage for their child by tracking the child’s response to the medication. ADHD behavior rating scales are very effective.

The SNAP-IV Scale gauges 90 physical symptoms and emotional behaviors at home and in the classroom. The scale can help parents assess a child's behavior throughout the day and detect patterns and problems with medication.

The Conners’ Rating Scales-Revised (CRS-R) comes in a short and long form. Experts recommend that parents use the long form themselves and reserve the short form for their child's teacher(s), who probably has less time to fill out the evaluation.

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TAGS: ADHD Medication and Children, ADHD Stimulant Medications, ADD Meds: Dosing

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