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Managing Your Medication

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According to additude magazine, “Successfully treating ADHD with medication isn’t as simple as filling a prescription and living happily ever after. There is no standard medication or dosage for everyone with ADHD. Prescribing involves trial and error.” With that said, many individuals diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder are medicated for the treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. However, the question remains how do you manage taking your medication? This article will provide the reader with tips to manage taking medication with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

Find A Doctor Who Will Closely Monitor Your Medication

It is important to find a good doctor who will closely monitor your medication intake, whether it is a family doctor or a psychiatrist. According to additude magazine, your doctor should measure your height and weight at your initial visit to choose which dosage of medication is best for you. Everybody’s body chemistry is different so it is essential to make sure you are taking the right dosage of medication.

Start At The Lowest Possible Dose And Adjust Dosage Accordingly

In addition to finding a doctor who will closely monitor your medication, it is essential to start at the lowest possible dose and adjust the dosage accordingly. You always can adjust your medication according to how your body adapts to the initial dose. However, it is always better to start at the lowest dose possible. You do not know how your body is going to respond to the medication. If need be, you can always increase the dosage when needed.

Make Sure To Take Your Medication Daily

In addition to finding a doctor who will closely monitor your medication and starting at the lowest possible dose and adjusting the dosage accordingly, it is also essential to make sure you take your medication daily. In other words, never skip a dosage of medication. If you happen to skip a dosage of medication, do not take a double dosage. It is essential to develop a daily routine when you take your medication to make sure you take your medication accordingly.

Conclusion

Finding a doctor who will closely monitor your medication, starting at the lowest possible dose and adjusting your medication accordingly, and also making sure to take your medication daily are three practical ways to monitor your medication with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Make sure to take your medication as prescribed by your doctor and ask your doctor if you have any questions about your medication.

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Managing Your Medication


Lauren Walters

My name is Lauren Walters. I am currently heading into my final semester of graduate school for Mental Health Counseling in the Spring of 2016. Through my own experiences with mental illness, I love to inspire others through my writings and reassure them that they can live healthy, productive lives, despite mental illness. I hope you enjoy my articles. Feel free to comment. I will be sure to respond to you questions and/or comments in a prompt manner. Enjoy!


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Walters, L. (2016). Managing Your Medication. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 21, 2019, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/living-with-adhd/2016/05/managing-your-medication/

 

Last updated: 21 May 2016
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