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Make sure you know about each of the medicines you take. This includes why you take it, how to take it, what you can expect while you're taking it, and any warnings about the medicine.
The information provided here is general. So be sure to read the information that came with your medicine. If you have any questions or concerns, talk to your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor.
Here are some examples of medicines for ADHD. For each item in the list, the generic name is first, followed by any brand names.
These are not complete lists of medicines for ADHD.
Medicines are used to help control the symptoms of ADHD. Symptoms include:
Most often, stimulant medicines are used to treat ADHD. Non-stimulants may also be used to help control symptoms.
Medicines for ADHD affect certain chemicals in the brain. This can help with symptoms of ADHD.
All medicines can cause side effects. Many people don't have side effects from medicines for ADHD. And minor side effects often go away after 1 to 2 weeks. For a full list of side effects, check the information that came with the medicine you're using.
Sometimes, side effects can be a problem or can be serious. So always be sure you get specific information on the medicine you're taking.
If you're having problems with side effects or have questions, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or nurse before stopping or adjusting your medicine. They may be able to offer suggestions to manage side effects, lower your dose or change to a different medicine.
Always tell your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist about all the medicines you take. This includes prescription and over-the-counter medicines and natural health products. That information will help prevent serious problems.
Always be sure you get specific information on the medicine you're taking. For a full list of warnings, check the information that came with the medicine you're using. If you have questions, talk to your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor.
Adaptation Date: 2/23/2022
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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