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What is the best medication prescribed for add/adhd?

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Dr. Ernest Bordini
Clinical Psychology 32 years experience
No one med: By far the stimulant class of medications have proved safe and effective. Today we have lots of choices in stimulants, some tend to have different side effects, or may be slow release or have different peaks. Mainly restlessness, impulsiveness, attention and cognitive tasks respond at different levels so the blood concentration curves are relevant. For some other types of meds may be used.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 50 years experience
The one that works: best without intolerable side effects for each individual patient. The 2 stimulants, amphetamine & methylphenidate, work about equally as well. Long-acting preparations make life easier for most patients. Some need to add a non-stimulant like atomoxetine or 24-hour-release guanfacine or clonodine. Some can only tolerate a non-stimulant. Doctor-patient communication is the key to success.

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What are effective medications for add/adhd?

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 50 years experience
Methylphenidate &: amphetamine, stimulant medications, manage symptoms of ADHD effectively in 80-90% of patients. The non-stimulant medications atomoxetine, guanfacine & clonodine are effective in ~ 65% of patients with ADHD. Some patients require both types of medications. See CHADD.org. for information & support. Behavioral therapy & environmental manipulations are also necessary components of optimal management.
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How do I find out what is the best ADHD medication?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Trial and error: Every patient has their own unique metabolism.A skilled doc using medications with which he or she is familiar, are tried while the kid is monitored. At some point, the better formulation is found and a decision on future use is made.
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Can you tell me about the best ADHD medication?

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Dr. John O'Malley
Child Psychiatry 54 years experience
Stimulants: Stimulants are the best medications we have. They have been around for over 50 years and we know a lot about them. In this class of medications (adderall, concerta, ritalin, (methylphenidate) etc) has both short acting and long acting types (6-7 hours for long acting and 3-4 for short acting ones). The "best one" will be determined between you and the doctor after trail of these meds.
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What is the best medication for adhd?

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Dr. Rudolf Brutoco
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No med right for all: In this era, we have several very good choices. Every patient is unique, so i consider it my responsibility to tailor a specific treatment that is individualized to be optimal for each patient. Often, >1 med is appropriate, depending on the person & circumstances. Best advice: see a dr who is not only an adhd specialist, but also has vast experience with a broad array of psycho-active meds.

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