Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) have problems paying attention (inattentive), being unable to sit still (hyperactive), and doing things without thinking first (impulsive). There are medicines that help treat the symptoms of ADHD.
Most ADHD medicines work quickly, so you'll know within a few days if it will help your child. The dosage may need to be adjusted by your child’s healthcare provider. Benefits of this medicine often include:
Some children may become more active in the evening after the medicine has worn off. Some children with ADHD do well using behavior training methods, and may not need a medicine. There is no cure for ADHD, though medicine can help manage some of the symptoms.
Most ADHD medicines are stimulants. Researchers think the area of the brain that controls focus and attention is immature and works poorly in children with ADHD. The medicine stimulates those areas of the brain so that the child can better pay attention and focus on activities.
If you have any questions, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist for more information. Be sure to keep all appointments for provider visits or tests.