ADHD Medication Guidelines

Essential Part of treating Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is to understand the possible causes and origins of this disorder. As it is one of the most studied conditions of childhood, the cause of ADHD is still not clear at this point of time.


ADHD is a biological disorder. Children with ADHD have problems with chemicals that send messages in the brain. A lower level of activity in the parts of the brain that control attention and activity level is associated with ADHD. ADHD appears to run in families.

Sometimes a parent is diagnosed with ADHD at the same time as the child. In very rare cases, toxins in the environment may also lead to ADHD. Very severe head injuries may also cause ADHD in some cases.

ADHD is caused not caused by too much sugar, Food additives, Allergies and immunizations. When the causes of ADHD may not be clear, the outlook for children who receive treatment for ADHD is very satisfactory.

There is no specific cure for ADHD, but there are many treatment options available. Each child's treatment must be made in such a way to meet individual needs.

In most cases, treatment for ADHD should include the following: they are a long-term management plan with Target outcomes for behavior, follow-up activities monitoring, Education about ADHD,

Teamwork among doctors, parents, teachers, care takers, other health care professionals and the child, ADHD Medication Behavior therapy, Parent training, Individual and family counseling.

Treatment for ADHD uses the same principles that are used to treat other chronic conditions like asthma or diabetes. Long-term planning is must as these conditions continue for a long time.

Families must manage them on an ongoing basis. In the case of ADHD, schools and other care providers also must be involved in managing the condition. Educating the people involved about ADHD is an essential part of treating the child.

As a parent, we need to learn about ADHD. We should Read about the condition and talk to people who understand it. This will help us to manage the ways ADHD affects the child and the family on a day-to-day basis. It also will help the child learn to help himself.

The AAP [American academy of pediatrics] policy statement includes a brief review of medications used in the treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, including stimulants [first line treatments] and antidepressants [second line treatments], which can be considered if two to three stimulant medications don't work for the child.

Stimulants include different formulations of methylphenidate, short acting, such as Ritalin and Focalin, [duration of 3-5 hours], intermediate acting, such as Ritalin SR, Metadate ER, and Methylin ER, [duration of 3-8 hours] long acting, such as Concerta, [duration of 8-12 hours].

The other type of stimulant includes different formulations of amphetamine: short acting, such as Dexedrine and Dextrostat [duration of 4-6 hours] intermediate acting, such as Adderall and Dexedrine spansule [duration of 6-8 hours] long acting, such as Adderall-XR




 


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