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Penny Williams
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The best care practice is to start at the lowest dose and only increase if and when needed. It’s also not well known that too low of a dose can actually cause worse behavior and symptoms. Most clinicians will have you try an increase in dose before giving up on a medication — those with good knowledge about ADHD medications anyway.

There are a lot of subtleties to getting the right medication and the right dose. This primer can help you understand the process and the nuances better. Make sure you’re working with a clinician that has lots of experience with ADHD medication — it’s daily part of their practice.

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

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