ADHD MEDICATION: QUESTIONS FOR YOUR DOCTOR
Medication for ADHD should make it possible for you to have a moment's reflection before
acting—you will be less impulsive—and use of the appropriate medication should allow you to
direct your focus where you wish.
Questions for the Doctor:
- What is the name of the medication?
- How often do I take the medication?
- Can I take an extra dose, if I need it?
- Are there any special instructions about how to take it--e.g. with food, time of day?
- What are the side effects I might experience?
- What should I do if I experience a side effect? How long should I wait before I call you?
- Can I take this while I'm taking other prescription or non-prescription drugs?
- How will medication help me with my attention, concentration, focus, or activity level?
- Do I have to take this every day or only when I go to class or need to study?
- Can I take a generic brand of the medication to lower the price?
- If for some reason this medication doesn't work for me, are there other choices?
- Will it hurt me, if I just stop taking this medication?
- Can I drink alcohol and take this medication?
- How often is my medication monitored?
Your doctor will usually monitor your medication dose monthly.
Be aware of troublesome behaviors you have that are ADHD-driven and take note of the
frequency of these behaviors as you try the medication at the dose your doctor prescribes.
This will help the doctor determine if you are using the appropriate dose.
- When should I see you again?