This reply was originally posted by user Statsmum in ADDitude’s now-retired community.
Your doctor has not been very helpful. I don’t know if your saw your family doctor, but it is best to see a pediatrician who is knowledgeable in this area, or a child psychologist. You definitely should not have to make this decision on your own — rather you need to work with the doctor. If at all possible, see if you can find someone more helpful.
Here is a link to information about medications: http://www.helpguide.org/articles/add-adhd/attention-deficit-disorder-adhd-medications.htm
If you can’t click on it, copy and paste it into your browser.
My 15-year-old daughter (her issues are mainly focus, attention, same as your daughter) is taking Vyvanse, a stimulant. She needs a long-acting medication to get her through the school day and for homework in the afternoon/early evening. As 20Beth13 said, medications act differently on different children, and you don’t know until you try.
All the best!