Medications for ADHD: When to change drug treatment
Many things should be considered before changing an ADHD child’s medication
. Failure to do so usually results in the child’s ADHD behavior or grades getting worse
, leading to more frustration on the part of parents and teachers and even much more dread and gloom in your child.
Parents often ask how they decide and when doctors need to change their ADHD kid’s or teen’s medications. Here are a few tips to lead you in the right direction:
When it comes to your child’s ADHD behavior or grades
If they have improved by at least 75%, then he or she is responding to their ADHD therapy, regardless of what type it is
If they have not improved by at least 75% and they are being treated with only behavior therapy
or ADHD coaching
, then it’s time to consider drug therapy for their ADHD.
If they have not improved by at least 75% and they are on one ADHD drug
, consider increasing the dose until that goal is met or unbearable side effects rear their ugly heads.
If that doesn’t work, some ADHD experts will change the medication… Read the rest