What to Expect from ADHD Medication

by | Apr 27, 2017 | ADHD Symptom Control | 0 comments

what to expect from ADHD medicationIf you don’t know what to expect from ADHD medication join the crowd.

It’s a common question. One I hear kind of often from my private and ADHD Success Club clients. Many people aren’t clear about what their ADHD medication should do.

Much of the confusion comes from scientific advances in the way ADHD medications are made.

It used to be easy to know what to expect from ADHD medication. All ADHD medications were short-acting stimulants. Adderall and Ritalin, the most common short-acting types, are still commonly prescribed.

Most people feel a pretty immediate jolt of focus within minutes of taking a short-acting dose of ADHD medication. The focus lasts about four hours.

The extended-release doses of these stimulant medications have a similar impact. Except, they last a bit longer. About 8 to 10 hours if the dose is right.

Now we have very long-acting ADHD medications, as well. Concerta and Vyvanse are the most common brands. These pills have fancy delivery systems. They are designed to release dosages gradually during the day.

This means that many people just need to take one pill in the morning. Yep. That’s lots easier than having to remember to take doses throughout the day. Another good thing is it’s harder to abuse the long-acting ADHD medications.

Here’s the challenge. The longest-acting ADHD medications are more subtle than the short-acting versions. You won’t get that, “OMG, I HAVE A BRAIN”, kind of clarity. You can’t decide if your ADHD medications are working based on an immediate feeling of focus.

Yay! The long-acting ADHD medications are easier to use. Boo! We have to change the way we determine if the medication is working or not.

You also need to work with your doctor to make sure you’re on the right dose of the right medication. But, to unravel that you need clear expectations for ADHD medication.

So, hold on if you don’t know what to expect from your ADHD medication. In next week’s ADHD Success I’ll share my guidelines for how to tell if the medication is working or not.

It’s your lucky day! A whole module on what to expect from ADHD medication is included in the ADHD Success Club. Boosting brain function along with Organizing Mastery and Time Management Mastery are what the ADHD Success Club is all about.




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