The medication options available for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are available in many different forms including skin patches, liquids, capsules and pills. Some attention deficit hyperactivity disorder medications are available in different varieties, including short-acting varieties, long-acting varieties and extended-release varieties. With each of these different varieties, the medication’s active ingredients are going to be the same. The difference in each is that they are released in different manners into the body.
The long-acting form and extended-release forms are designed to make it possible for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder to take the medication just a single time per day before they go to school. In this way, the child will not have to go to the nurse’s office during the day at school to get another dose of the medication.
It is important for physicians and parents to decide in conjunction with one another which of these medications is going to be best for the child with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. The physician and parent should decide together whether or not the child is going to need medication only during the school hours or also for evenings as well as weekends.
There are a number of different medications that are approved to be used for treating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Most of them are approved for specific age groups. A physician must first diagnose attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in the child before the right medication can be prescribed. Psychiatrists are typically the ones responsible for prescribing ADHD medications. In some states, other physicians can also prescribe medications for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder including psychiatric nurse practitioners, clinical psychologists and advanced nurse specialists in the psychiatric field. If you are not sure what the specific laws are in your state, consult the licensing agency in your state.