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Do People Take ADHD Medication for Life?

Will I always need to take medication for my adult ADHD?
 

 
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That's a great question. The jury is still out on this one. Certainly, ADHD is a long-term condition, and we shouldn't expect it to simply get better out of the blue.
 
But sometimes, medical conditions change as people age. Is it possible that the symptoms of ADHD might lessen with old age? We're not quite sure yet. Why? Because until fairly recently, ADHD was thought of as a kid's disease. It wasn't even on the radar for adults. So, most of the adults who have been diagnosed with it are still relatively young.
 
There's even more to consider: Even if a person's ADHD never improves, it might not be wise to keep them on ADHD medications as they age. Stimulants can be risky for people with high blood pressure or heart problems, for example, and these problems are increasingly common as people age.
 
Also, even with nonstimulants, there may be reasons why long-term treatment might not be safe, such as drug interactions, since older people usually take several medications.
 
So, the answer is that we really don't know at this point. Stay tuned, though, as this topic is likely to receive more attention in the coming years. 
 
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