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Carefully following your doctor's directions about taking your medication is critically important. Taking more or less can adversely impact your health.

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Drinks high in Vitamin C can interfere with the absorption of certain ADHD medications - avoid them when taking your medication.

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On a list of ingredients, generally, anything that ends in "ose" is sugar you can avoid!

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Caffeine and medication

There are many things that could cause your medication to go awry, too much caffeine is one of them.

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Monitoring your weight when you are on medication is important to ensure you are healthy and growing properly. Hop on a scale once a week to make sure there aren't large fluctuations in your weight.

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If you have problems swallowing your medication, talk to your doctor about a liquid form, a capsule you can open, or even a patch.

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If you have medications that you aren't taking anymore, look for a local used medication drop-off center (usually at a police station). Getting rid of old medications will prevent others from accidentally taking them.

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If you take your stimulant medication late in the evening, you run the risk of your medication causing insomnia. Sleep is crucial for optimal mental performance.

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Many ADHD medications cause you to lose your appetite. Eating before taking your meds will help you have enough good fuel for the day.

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Find a doctor who will see you regularly (at least once a month, until everything is stable). They should closely monitor your medication use for effectiveness and side effects.

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Getting the most of your meds

With the right combination of understanding your medication, consistency, minimizing side effects, and using medication adherence tools, you can achieve optimal results and overcome any barriers that may be preventing you from reaching your full potential.

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The impact of food on meds

Your ADHD medication improves your focus by boosting certain neurotransmitters including Dopamine. But, did you know that what you eat determines the building blocks that are needed to make those neurotransmitters?

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Navigating the medication maze

Monitoring your responses to medications can help you determine what is best for you and your best path towards optimal management of your ADHD.

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Always keep your pills in their original medication container. This will make sure you are taking the correct medication and prevent mistakes.

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Tell your doctor about all of the medications you are taking (including the over-the-counter ones). This will make sure that there aren't negative interactions and it will help you get the most out of your medication.

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Place your medication next to your toothbrush so whenever you brush your teeth you can take your medication.

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If you have side effects to your medication (weight loss, etc.) ask your doctor if you should take a break. Holidays and vacations could be a good time.

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Check your blood pressure

Checking your blood pressure regularly when on ADHD meds is necessary.

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Sometimes medications can affect your mood. Pay close attention to your mood when you are on medication and talk to your doctor if something seems off.

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Your medication should help you in all areas of your life (school, home, work, social). If there is an area where you are still struggling with ADHD - discuss this with your doctor!

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Your doctor should start your medication on the lowest dose. This is safest for you. Expect your doctor to adjust your medication gradually as they monitor for effectiveness and side effects.

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If you've been on a medication and you've been doing great for more than a year, you might want to ask your doctor if it's appropriate to decrease or try going off the medication.

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Train your brain

Why you need strategies beyond just medication to improve ADHD symptoms

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Medication & appetite

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