Managing Treatment

How can I best address the side effects associated with ADHD medication use?

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

SIDE EFFECTS: What side effects could I experience while taking an ADHD medication?

A: Side effects of stimulant medications include dizziness, dry mouth, headaches, loss of appetite, moodiness, tics, trouble sleeping… | Keep reading on WebMD »

WEIGHT: Will taking an ADHD medication cause me to lose or gain weight?

A: Sometimes the medicines most often used to treat ADHD can cause weight loss. Stimulant drugs make you less hungry… | Keep reading on WebMD »

SLEEP: Will taking an ADHD medication affect my sleep?

A: If you take Adderall to help manage your ADHD, you may have noticed a surprising side effect. You might feel really calm or sleepy… | Keep reading on WebMD »

WITHDRAWAL: Will I experience ADHD medication “withdrawal” if I stop taking it?

A: If you’ve taken the medication for a long time or have misused it, you might have one or more of these after you stop… | Keep reading on WebMD »

TOLERANCE: Will I build up a tolerance to my ADHD medication over time?

A: Some individuals report that their medication seems less effective about three to six months after starting their treatment. This usually requires an adjustment of the dose, or… | Keep reading on ADDitude »

HEART HEALTH: Will my risk for cardiovascular disease increase if I use ADHD medication?

A: A new meta-analysis of studies from the last 15 years concluded that “ADHD medication use was not statistically significantly associated with the risk of any CVD (cardiovascular disease)… | Keep reading on ADDitude »

FIRST-PERSON: “My Worst ADHD Medication Side Effect”

“Dry mouth has been my least-favorite side effect. I drink more water, and go to the bathroom more! I bought some mouthwash for dry mouth, but the trick is to remember to use it.” | Keep reading on ADDitude »


EXPERT WEBINAR: How to Optimize Stimulant Treatment

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FREE DOWNLOAD: The Ultimate Guide to ADHD Medication

Read this to learn how to determine the right medication and dosage, monitor a medication’s effectiveness, address side effects, and more. | Download 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?