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Penny Williams
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It takes time to adjust to your brain working differently. You can’t use the first day to judge the efficacy of medication for you.

There are two types of stimulants: amphetamine (Adderall, Vyvanse, Evekeo…) and methylphenidate (Ritalin, Concerta, Quillivant…). Almost everyone does well on one type or the other, but not both.

ADHD medication treatment results are very individualized. Which type of medication and the dosage you need depend on your neurochemistry, metabolism, and genetics. A large man could take the smallest dose and do great and a small child need the max dose to get the same benefits (size and age having nothing to do with these medications).

The standard of care is to titrate ADHD stimulants — start with the lowest dose and increase if and when needed until you determine the best dose for you. It sounds like that’s what your prescribing doctor is doing, which is great.

A Patient’s Primer on the Stimulant Medications Used to Treat ADHD

Penny
ADDitude Community Moderator, Parenting ADHD Trainer & Author, Mom to teen w/ ADHD, LDs, and autism