Short-acting and long-acting ADHD medications are exactly the same drugs; they differ only in how long the effects last, which determines how frequently you have to pop a pill. The short-acting medications typically have an effect for only a few hours. That means you need to pop a pill several times a day. The effects of long-acting or extended-release forms typically control symptoms for the whole day. That means you only have to take one pill a day. One added benefit associated with the long-acting medications is that they prevent the roller coaster ups and downs that are sometimes associated with short-acting medications.
- Q How is attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) treated?
- Q Can evening primrose oil treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder?
- Q Are medications effective in treating ADHD symptoms?
- Q Can ADHD medication cause me to smoke more cigarettes?
- Q How are stimulant medications given for ADHD?
- Q What are some benefits of stimulant medications for ADHD?