About taking any kind of medicine, not just ADD ADHD
I wanted to write about the non-stimulant ADHD ADHD medications, but thought this should come first.
Always ask about the generic. They should always be much cheaper (should). Not all the generics are as good as the brand name but most are. Also, the generic brands are not always equivalent to each other, but most are.
If the medicine comes in a pill and it’s not timed or delayed release, you usually can cut the expense by getting the biggest dose they make and cutting the pills. (Pill cutters are inexpensive.)
I recommend starting with a very low dose and gradually increasing it. This minimizes the chance of getting side effects. Increase until either you do get side effects or you have no symptoms (unlikely) or the increase doesn’t add any benefit. Then either stay at that dose or drop back one dose.
Possible Side Effects
If you do get side effects they usually go away in about a week if you stay on that dose. I usually suggest not reading the list of possible side effects – doing so seems to increase the frequency of getting them. Just pay attention to anything that you think might be a side effect and ask your doctor.
That list was written by the company’s lawyers to protect them and includes any symptom that anybody anywhere at any dose ever had that might possibly have had anything to do with the medicine. The list can be useful when it gives the percentages of people who actually got that side effect, but those are hard to find.
Almost all side effects are reversible if you just stop the medicine. It is very rare that anyone should need to put up with any significant side effects.
Very Important Bonus Tip
Always check for interactions with other medicines or other substances you are taking. Your doctors should do this but I can’t promise they will.
Coming very very soon:
Non-stimulant ADD ADHD medicines!