ADHD Medications

Should I treat my ADHD symptoms with medication?

How should you treat your ADHD? In this 8-part guide, you’ll find expert answers to the questions that will help you make key decisions about ADHD treatment.

MEDICATION OPTIONS: Should I consider using a short-acting or long-acting ADHD medication?

A: Short-acting medications start working in about 30 to 45 minutes and generally wear off in 3 to 6 hours… | Keep reading on WebMD »

MED SAFETY: Should I be worried that stimulants are controlled substances?

A: With the appropriate monitoring, the risk of abuse or dependency in people who have ADHD is limited. If you’re concerned, your doctor may want to prescribe an extended-release version… | Keep reading on WebMD »

DOSING: How do I know if my doctor has prescribed me the ideal dosage of a ADHD medication?

A: Patients should keep a symptom diary that tracks each daily dose of medication, and how it makes them feel. It should note if… | Keep reading on ADDitude »

LONG-TERM EFFECTS: What are the risks and long-term effects of ADHD medication?

A: For adults, most of the long-term worry about ADHD meds has to do with how they affect other conditions you have. Your doctor… | Keep reading on WebMD »

DEPENDENCY: Could I become addicted to ADHD medication?

A: One of the factors that leads to addiction and drug abuse is how quickly a drug raises dopamine levels. One researcher found that Ritalin takes about an hour to… | Keep reading on WebMD »

SUBSTANCE USE: Will ADHD medication use put me at greater risk for substance use disorders?

A: People used to believe that stimulant medications prescribed for ADHD made someone more likely to use or abuse alcohol and drugs. Experts looked at data from 15 studies and found no link… | Keep reading on WebMD »

FIRST-PERSON: “The Stigma Around Adderall Is Real…”

“…and I wish I hadn’t believed the lies for so long. When I tried it, the tornado of restlessness, distractibility, and misdirected energy that seemed to swirl around me at all times finally subsided. I wasn’t wired, anxious, or addicted — I was, simply, a more grounded version of myself.” | Keep reading on ADDitude »


FREE DOWNLOAD: ADHD Medication Tracking Log

Learn about indicators that your medication is working plus signs that point to side effects, then track your symptoms in the daily log. | Download now on ADDitude »

EXPERT WEBINAR: Cracking the ADHD Medication Maze

Webinar Expert with Laurie Dupar, PMHNP, RN, PCC | Listen now on ADDitude »

8-Part Guide to ADHD Treatment in Adults, from WebMD x ADDitude:

DECISION 1: How should I approach my ADHD treatment plan?
> DECISION 2: Should I treat my ADHD symptoms with medication?
DECISION 3: How can I address the side effects associated with ADHD medication use?
DECISION 4: How should I integrate nutrition into my ADHD treatment plan?
DECISION 5: How should I integrate exercise & mindfulness into my ADHD treatment plan?
DECISION 6: What therapies should I integrate into my ADHD treatment plan?
DECISION 7: How and when should I adjust my ADHD treatment plan for optimal benefit?
DECISION 8: How should I adjust my ADHD treatment plan if I have comorbid conditions?