Ending a Long-Term Drug Treatment


"I've been taking Dexedrine since being diagnosed with ADD nine years ago. Will I be harmed if I stop the drug?"

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

If you've been taking the drug that long, you should taper off slowly by decreasing the dose over time. If you were to stop abruptly, you might feel agitated for several days. Discuss your decision to stop taking Dexedrine - and the logistics of decreasing the dose - with the physician who prescribed it.

Larry Silver, M.D., is clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown Medical Center in Washington, D.C. and director of training in child and adolescent psychiatry at Georgetown University School of Medicine. He is a former acting director and deputy director of the National Institute of Mental Health, as well as 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.
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