Getting the most from your ADHD meds


Getting the best from your medication involves considering medication, titration, complication and digestion. The main three ADHD drug types are Methylphenidate, Atomoxitine and Dexamfetamine. There are however many more types of medications that may be used including Venlafaxin, Buproprion, SSRIs,


Psychiatrists prescribe at an initial low dose and typically ask the patient to increase this dose over some timeOften psychiatrists only see their patient for initial diagnosis, and a less experienced GP has to handle medication changes. Fortunately many ADHD adults find the suggested medication and dose to work fine, but for others finding the right medication and dose can be a tough endeavour.


In The New ADHD Medication Rules: Brain Science & Common Sense, Dr Parker outlines the problems of treating ADHD without first establishing reasonable expectations of symptom improvement. The brain science of treating ADHD symptoms with different medical treatments that target vastly different brain processes and regions, is complex. The degree of ADHD and whether issues like depression, anxiety, impulsive behaviour, “over thinking” behaviours are present has a strong impact on effectiveness of specific types of medication.   You cannot treat the ADHD symptoms until the mood disorder is controlled.


Many other variables can affect the rate of medication metabolism and effectiveness of drugs in any given individual including diet, food intolerances, transit times. His recommendation is to eat sweetcorn or beetroot(!) and to see and time your food “transit”, from in to out. This helps establish how to take medications throughout the day . Overall digestive health has a major impact on how you can absorb medications.

Don’t take you ADHD meds with fruit juice or coffee, as amphetamine is less well absorbed from an acid environment

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2021-03-02T22:39:52+00:00May 7th, 2015|Wellbeing|

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