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What is a medication holiday for ADHD?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Medicine
A medication holiday is when attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) medications are stopped for a short time, such as on weekends, vacations, or during holiday breaks. Some parents are concerned about the long-term effects of ADHD medications and feel better when their child avoids the medications when not in school.

However, many children continue to experience problems caused by ADHD outside of school. These problematic symptoms of ADHD may interfere with friendships, after-school activities, sports teams, or life at home. If you are interested in starting medication holidays for ADHD drugs, discuss this option with your healthcare provider. Some are supportive of medication holidays, while others may recommend constant treatment.

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