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ADHD can respond well to treatment and the good news is there are many different treatments available.
Your GP or specialist will work out the best method of treatment for you based on your symptoms and other details.
Current treatments for ADHD include behavioural treatments and some medications - have a look below to find out more...
There are a range of behavioural treatments which you might be asked to try out. They may work better for some people than for others, and so different people with ADHD will have different treatments. Some are listed below:7,11,12
Medications do not cure ADHD, but they can help you control the main symptoms – inattention, hyperactivity and impulsiveness.
There are two different classes of medication available for the treatment of ADHD: stimulants, such as methylphenidate,13-15 dexamfetamine,16 lisdexamfetamine17 and non-stimulants, such as atomoxetine18. Stimulants work quicker, but non-stimulants don't need to be taken as often. You might be prescribed:
Medication can work very well for people with ADHD, but like all medications there may be some side effects.
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side effects not listed in the package leaflet of your medicine. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard. By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of your medicine.