ADHD Short Session

What It's For & How To Take

In this session, we will discuss medications used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder; warnings , interactions, and side effects.

  • These medications are used along with counseling to treat ADHD. Examples include methylphenidate, amphetamine salts, and others.
  • ADHD treatment medications may help you stay focused on tasks while also improving behavior. This treatment may also help you stay organized and listen better.
  • Do not stop taking this medication suddenly. You may feel withdrawal symptoms such as muscle aches, sweating, and nausea. Your doctor may decrease your dose over time to decrease these symptoms.


  • Misuse of these medications can result in serious heart and blood pressure problems, talk to your doctor about this.
    Check your blood pressure and heart rate periodically when starting these medications.
  • ADHD medications may be habit-forming and long term use can lead to dependence.
    Stopping these medications after long term use may lead to severe depression.
  • When pregnant mothers use these medications, the unborn child may be at risk. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • Limit alcohol consumption while taking ADHD medications.

Interactions and Side Effects

  • Tell your doctor or pharmacist all of the other medication you take, drug allergies, and other health conditions to determine if ADHD medications are safe for you.
  • While taking these medications you may feel nervous, loss of appetite, trouble sleeping, dizziness or nausea. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about this.
  • Call your doctor right away if you have any strange heartbeats, large mood changes, uncontrolled muscle movements or fainting.
  • Call emergency 911 if you have any symptoms of a heart attack such as chest and left arm pain, shortness of breath and sweating or if you have symptoms of a stroke such as weakness on one side of your body, slurred speech, sudden vision changes, and confusion.

To learn more, listen to the Medication Information Session for your specific medication at Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about your medications.