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Penny Williams

It’s very possible that it’s not the right dosage or medication for you, but you can’t expect sweeping positive changes from medication alone — it’s just one tool in a successful ADHD treatment plan.

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. This medication guide will help you learn all you need to know about medication to work with your doctor effectively to tweak it:

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

Medication is rarely just right on the first medication and dosage tried:

Rule #2: Don’t Expect the First ADHD Medication to Work

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