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Could It

Do you think you might have ADHD? Does your child, sibling, or parent have it? Maybe some of the information here has you wondering, “Could it be…?” Maybe it’s time to find out.

ADHD Medication

Do I really need it?

Although they won’t cure ADHD, medications are considered an important aspect of treatment. They help improve the symptoms of ADHD by:

  • Improving attention
  • Decreasing impulsivity/hyperactivity

These improvements in turn allow a person with ADHD to use other treatment strategies more effectively, such as behavioural therapy and skills training.

How do medications for ADHD work?

Not all modes of action of ADHD medications are understood. However, many of them appear to help improve attention and decrease impulsivity and hyperactivity by affecting certain brain chemicals, called neurotransmitters.

ADHD medications are either long-acting or short-/intermediate-acting.

Long-acting ADHD medications

  • These are effective for longer periods of time and therefore usually require a single dose each day.

Short-acting ADHD medications

  • These are effective for a shorter period of time and usually require several doses spaced throughout the course of the day.

Learn more about how medications for ADHD work

Medications currently used in Canada to treat ADHD

Methylphenidates Amphetamines Atomoxetine Guanfacine
  • Concerta®
  • Biphentin®
  • Foquest®
  • Adderall XR®
  • Vyvanse®
  • Strattera®
  • Intuniv XR®
Methylphenidates Amphetamines
  • Ritalin®
  • Ritalin® SR
  • Dexedrine®
  • Dexedrine® Spansule
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