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Penny Williams
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My son had the same issue with ADHD medication — it kept loosing effectiveness every 2 months, like clockwork. We’d increase, and the same thing would happen. Then, the higher doses were too much medication for him and he had all kinds of bad side effects.

We tried all sorts of combinations and still no luck. Then, his doctor suggested we try an old influenza medication called Amantadine, that was sometimes used for Parkinson’s now. It helped his medication work at one dosage for 2 years. Unfortunately, that built up in his system and started causing severe fear episodes, but I think that’s rare.

Definitely talk with your psychiatrist. Some people skip medication a day or two each week to try to keep it from losing effectiveness. It could be that the other type of stimulants (amphetamines) could work better for you.

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

And some physicians say this is a symptom of other biological issues, like food allergies/sensitivities, vitamin deficiencies, etc.

Is Burn Rate Making Your ADHD Medications Less Effective?

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