Your child's doctor will discuss all the benefits and risks of the medications with you and help you determine the best dose and timing for the medication each day. Based on your feedback, and feedback from your child's teachers, the doctor may adjust the dose of the drug in the first few months of treatment. As long as the medication is working and there are no unpleasant side effects, you may want your child to continue taking the medication for quite some time.
The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry says that some children outgrow their ADHD symptoms over time. For these people, medications may be stopped as symptoms start to disappear. Always check with your doctor before discontinuing your child's medication. Know that more than half of all young people with ADHD will continue to struggle with the disorder into adulthood. For this reason, they may continue to take ADHD medications for many years.