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Penny Williams
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Here’s a detailed guide on ADHD medication, including dosing, finding the right medication, how it works, and more:

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

As for medication vacations, I personally don’t like them (that’s my opinion). Lots of clinicians will recommend a weekend break to combat appetite loss and such. For my son, it was like starting over new when he missed a dose, taking days to adjust again. I’m a firm believer in helping our kids with their weaknesses every day of the week, not just school days. We’ve tried a med vacation a couple times during the summer and my son has always asked for his medication back — he can’t enjoy anything he wants to spend time on and struggles to meet household expectations without it.

Should You Consider an ADHD Medication Vacation?

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