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There are many different reasons you may decide to stop taking ADHD medications or determine that you want to have your child take a " medication break ." Some of the reasons people stop taking ADHD medications:
You want to try controlling symptoms through alternative methods
You want to know if you still need medications
You have developed a medical condition and the medication will interfere with treatment
You are, or want to become, pregnant
You don't want to take medication for the rest of your life
You are a teen and want to stop taking medication
Whatever the reason, should you decide to stop the medication, either short-term or long-term, there are some things you should be aware of. Withdrawal Symptoms While most people are able to stop their medication without feeling any withdrawal symptoms, some people do experience symptoms. The main symptoms you may feel are:
Unusual behavior ( Ritalin, Concerta and other methylphenidate based...
Treatment The withdrawal from cocaine may not be as unstable as withdrawal from alcohol. However, the withdrawal from any chronic substance abuse is very serious. There is a risk of suicide or overdose. Symptoms usually disappear over time. People who have cocaine withdrawal will often use alcohol, sedatives, hypnotics, or antianxiety medications such as diazepam (Valium) to treat their symptoms. Use of these drugs is not recommended because it simply shifts addiction from one substance to another. At least half of all people addicted to cocaine also have a mental disorder (particularly depression and attention-deficit disorder). These conditions should be suspected and treated. When diagnosed and treated, relapse rates are dramatically reduced. All prescription drug use should be monitored carefully in patients who abuse substances. Support Groups The 12-step support groups, such as Cocaine Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous, have helped many people addicted to cocaine. Alternative groups s...
Treatment for Alcoholism There are many options for treatment for alcohol use disorders. They depend in part on the severity of the patients drinking. Treatment options include: Behavioral therapy, which may include individual sessions with a health professional and support groups Medications Guidelines encourage primary care doctors to do brief intervention to help patients who are alcohol abusers (but who may not yet be alcohol dependent) reduce or stop their drinking. In these interventions, your doctor may give you an action plan for working on your drinking, ask you to keep a daily diary of how much alcohol you consume, and recommend for you target goals for your drinking. If your doctor thinks that you have reached the stage of alcoholism, he or she may recommend anti-craving or aversion medication and also refer you to other health care professionals for substance abuse services. Overall Treatment Goals The ideal goal of long-term treatment for alcohol dependence is total abstinence. ...
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