Managing Treatment

How and when should I adjust my ADHD treatment plan for optimal benefit?

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

ADJUSTING MEDS: What can I do if my ADHD medication stops working?

A: If you’re taking ADHD medicine and your symptoms don’t improve or they get worse, tell your doctor. They may recommend that you slowly increase your dose… | Keep reading on WebMD »

DRUG HOLIDAYS: Should I take breaks from my ADHD medication?

A: If you’re doing well on medication, it might be hard to tell whether you still need it. You could take an occasional “drug holiday.” That is, go off the drugs for a short period… | Keep reading on WebMD »

CESSATION: What will happen if I stop taking my ADHD medication?

A: Whether you’ll feel any different physically depends on your medication, the dose, and your body chemistry. Some patients who stop stimulant drugs report a little more fatigue… | Keep reading on WebMD »

PROGNOSIS: What are the risks of not treating my ADHD symptoms?

A: Untreated ADHD symptoms can make it harder to succeed in school, at work, in relationships, and in other aspects of life… | Keep reading on WebMD »

DOSE CHANGES: What should my doctor understand about safely adjusting my medication and/or dosage?

A: Traditionally, physicians were trained to give the highest dose that a person could tolerate. Now research shows that this “highest dose” is too high; the optimum is typically is at least two dosage strengths weaker… | Keep reading on ADDitude »

MED CHANGES: The medication is working, but it doesn’t help much. Is it worth trying a different type?

A: It’s a fact that some patients may not respond at all to a given molecule. Rate your medication on a scale from one to ten. Anything below a six usually means that it’s time to try a different… | Keep reading on ADDitude »

FIRST-PERSON: “10,000 Days on Ritalin”

“My hope was that medication would solve all of my problems. Unfortunately, it didn’t happen that way. Still, once medicated and able to access my brain power more successfully and consistently, things did start to change.” | Keep reading on ADDitude »



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EXPERT WEBINAR: How to Optimize ADHD Medication

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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?