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Will my child need to take her ADHD medication every day?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Medicine
Your child may or may not need to take daily medications for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). ADHD medications, like crutches, only work when a person is actively using them. Once the medication wears off, 4 to 12 hours later, the benefits of the medication also disappear.

Some children do not take ADHD medications on a daily basis. They may only take the medication on school days. Some doctors and parents find that their children do just fine when they take breaks from the medications. Long breaks usually occur over holiday weekends or during the summer, when a child is less likely to experience problems related to ADHD.

Other parents choose to keep their children on the medication year-round. They find that the child has better experiences with friends and in social and athletic activities when they take their medication daily, year-round.

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