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How Can I Tell if the Meds Work?
"My five-year-old son just started taking AD/HD medication. How can I tell if it’s working?"
Because your son is only five, he probably won’t be able to articulate whether he “feels” different.
Thus, you should rely on close observation. Consider the behaviors that prompted you to evaluate him for AD/HD in the first place. Do you see any reduction in those behaviors? Solicit feedback from teachers, school aides, and others who have had contact with him before and since going on medication.
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.