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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...
I am 72 years old. I have had migraines for over 40 years. I have been taking Amerge, a triptan, for several years. I believe that I have triptan overuse headaches. I have not taken one in 11 days now. Do you have any information on how long it takes to recover from overuse headache? I have been taking ibuprophen with very little relief since I stopped the Amerge. Thank you, LaVerne.
The research isn't definitive about how long it takes to get out of a medication overuse cycle. For some, it seems to take a few weeks; for others, it can take months.
The concerning aspect of your question is your taking ibuprofen now rather than the Amerge. If you're taking it more than two or three days a week, you may have gone from the frying pan into the fire, so to speak, and could now be experiencing medication overuse headache from it. See Medication Overuse Headache - When the ...
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