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When to Increase Dosage

“My son has been taking the minimum dose of a stimulant for a week and there’s been no improvement. The doctor says to wait 30 days before increasing the dose. Is this standard?”

Usually, it’s possible to tell almost immediately whether a stimulant medication is working. Many physicians start at the minimum dose and increase the dose every five days until the correct dose is established (or until it becomes clear that another medication should be considered). Discuss this with your doctor.

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