“How much ADHD medication? That sounds like a lot!”
When it comes to ADHD medication, there’s a big fear of big numbers. In other words, parents prefer that their children be on low doses of medication, unfortunately this leads to under treatment of ADHD in many cases. While we all fear side effects, especially the zombie effect, remember that most children’s ADHD is inadequately treated by the amount of medicine that they’re on, and big numbers need not be scary.
ADHD medication is not dosed based on age or size, but rather by GI metabolism and absorption. You need to know that the amount of medication is not dependent on how severe the ADHD is either. So it’s a very individualized dose that has to be arrived at by careful titration, looking for side effects vigilantly, and looking for improvement very carefully. This has to be done with close follow-up with a provider who knows the medications well in order to get it prescribed. But there is no reason to fear big numbers just because they’re big.
This information should not be relied upon as a substitute for personal medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Use the information provided on this site solely at your own risk. If you have any concerns about your health, please consult with a physician.
James Wiley is the founder of Focus-MD. Focus-MD is devoted to the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD and related problem patients. They provide objective testing, medical treatment as well as behavior modification strategies to help or patients transform from frustration to focus. To find a Focus-MD clinic, click here.
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