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Questions You Need to Ask about ADHD Medications

Medication is just one of many possible treatment options for ADHD.  If you do decide to have your child medicated for ADHD, there are certain things your doctor should answer before you accept the prescription.  While medicating children from ADHD has worked for some, there are also a number of children who do not seem to benefit from medication at all.

First, you need to decide what your child should achieve from being medicated.  Will he or she need to be medicated throughout the day?  Does your child only need medication to focus and concentrate on schoolwork and homework?  Do you want your child to get over the symptoms of ADHD for good? If so, a holistic, all-natural treatment plan might be a better alternative.

The next thing to take into consideration is your child's medical history.  Most Ritalin-related deaths happened to children who are predisposed to cardiovascular disease.  You will also need to look into other medications your child might be taking and see if these will interfere with the prescribed ADHD medication. 

ADHD medication can be expensive, and you might want to find a way to cut costs if your child will be depending on this approach for a while.  Ask your doctor if insurance can cover the cost of medication, or if there is a more affordable generic version your child can take. 

Then there is the matter of the medication itself.  What makes this particular medication more effective than others?  What is the dosage, and how often should your child take it?  What results can you expect and how can you keep track of its effectiveness?  What are the possible side effects, and how can you help your child cope with these?  Your doctor may be evasive or non-committal about the long-term side effects of ADHD medication. If this happens, you might want to do your own research as to whether or not this medication is worth taking. 

Do take note that stimulant ADHD medications like Ritalin are illegal and addictive substances for non-ADHD individuals who take them.  After all, Ritalin and other stimulant drugs belong to the same chemical family as cocaine.  It's not uncommon for teenagers to secretly sell their ADHD medication to their classmates and friends.

If you are uncomfortable with the side effects and health risks of ADHD medication, perhaps natural alternative treatments might be better for you.  Although they tend to require more attention and effort than taking a pill, a holistic ADHD treatment won't give you or your child any side effects to worry about.   What's more, the benefits of natural ADHD treatments last a lifetime and will help your child overcome the symptoms for good.