New Problems With Meds

Filed Under: ADD Meds: Dosing, ADHD and Depression, ADHD Stimulant Medications

Q:

"I've been taking the same dosage of a stimulant for years with no problems, but recently I've started getting angry or moody when I'm on it. Should I stop taking it?"

Dr. Larry Silver specializes in treating children with attention deficit disorder (ADHD).
A:

If you've been taking this medication at this dose for several years, I suspect that the anger or moodiness has more to do with stress, depression, or another problem. But if you're convinced that it's the medication, ask your doctor about taking a lower dose - and see what happens.

Larry Silver, M.D., is the author of Dr. Larry Silver's Advice to Parents on AD/HD and The Misunderstood Child: Understanding and Coping with Your Child's Learning Disabilities. He is also a clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown Medical Center in Washington, D.C.
 
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