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...
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