Once the decision is made to see what medications have to offer your child, the work has only just begun.
The whole subject of ADHD is neglected in medical education everywhere in the world. It is estimated that the average family goes through 11 clinicians before they find one whom they think is competent to treat their child.
Finding the right clinician with the needed experience and attitudes often determines whether the treatment will be life-changing or a traumatic experience.
Every international Standard of Care agrees that the two stimulant class medications, amphetamine, and methylphenidate, are the treatment of choice for ADHD at all ages. They are where people should start. They are not the treatment or last resort when everything else has failed.
They are well-known after 80 years of use, they are safe, and they can be dramatically effective when appropriately fine-tuned to the needs and responses of each individual person.
This process may require trials on several different medications and doses and so it requires time, patience, and a rich and constant interchange between the patient, the parents, and their doctor. But the payoffs for that effort are huge, life-changing, and last a lifetime.