Your Toughest ADHD Medication Questions, Answered!

The best ADHD treatment plans all begin with one thing: accurate information. Here, a trusted expert answers your questions about the medications most commonly used to treat attention deficit.

How Do You Determine the Correct Dose?

Start with the lowest dose of stimulant medication, increasing it periodically. Continue to increase the dose, as long as the target symptoms improve without side effects. At some point, however, you'll increase the dose and won't see further improvement. At that point, the previous dose is the optimal dose.
When working with small children who have difficulty giving feedback, clinicians use scales (the Connor global index scale, for instance), which compare the ADHD patient to non-ADHD children of the same gender and age.
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