If you’re interested in learning more about medication-based treatment, you’ve come to the right place.
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What can I expect from starting medication?
At Frida, we only prescribe medication, if it is found to be something our clinical teams feel would be helpful for you. They may also prescribe non-medication-based treatments. Should you be recommended a medication, we will bring you into our Continuous Care program and begin a process we call “titration”.
Titration is where we adjust your dosage, time of administration, and type of medication(s) according to your personal medical history, needs, and body. We start at low doses and check in with you every 3-4 weeks to see how you are doing, reassess medically, and will work with you to increase the dose or change the frequency and time of dose as necessary until you feel good about the impact your medication has on your life.
Are the medications I will be treated with safe?
At Frida, we start with low doses and work closely with you to titrate your dose at both the time and frequency of administration as well as the dosage level to find what works best for you. We do this with your safety and well-being in mind. In starting at lower doses, we find what works and prioritize your safety and well-being as well.
Is there a risk that I will become addicted to my medication?
As with any other substance, if misused or abused, there can be risks associated with the medications that treat ADHD. However, there is no evidence that suggests using stimulant medications as prescribed for ADHD increases your risk of developing substance use disorders. (source)
In addition, with the support of Frida’s clinical team and the regular, consistent check-ins you will have, our care team will work closely with you to ensure the prescribed dosage is working for you.
What if I later decide I want to reduce or come off of my medication entirely?
It is always your choice whether you want to continue with your medication and/or how much. It’s important to us that you feel comfortable with the choices you make for your health and well-being. Should you decide you prefer to reduce your medication or to come off it completely, our Frida clinical team will support you through titrating down your medication.
What is the effectiveness of medication? What does it do for me?
There is no one-size fits all solution for the treatment of ADHD, nor is that our objective. We want to help you find your optimal zone of focus in your work and life, and medication can be helpful tool to help you with this. Similar to how some people need corrective eyewear to help them with their eyesight, ADHD medications can help with executive function and helping you better focus on the things you wish to focus on, when you want to focus.
For most Frida patients, this is the most pronounced impact of taking medication. They often report back better balance, focus, and sense of agency. Where they don’t feel overwhelmed or over and under-stimulated to do the things they feel they want to do. For most, medication can be very effective and have a significant impact as a tool they can access if they choose or need to for their every day lives.
What symptoms can I expect from my medications?
Depending on your medication, you may experience some side effects. Side effects vary and are very personal to the person. For a more detailed description of potential side effects, by medication, we have provided Medication Information Sheets from our pharmacy partner on our “Patient Resources” page that you can find here.
Some common side effects may include:
|Body System||Side Effects||Psychostimulants|
|Cardiovascular system||Blood Pressure (BP) and Heart Rate (HR) decrease|
|BP and HR increase||✓|
|Gastrointestinal System and Nutritional Disorders||Appetite suppression||✓|
|Constipation / Diarrhea||✓|
|Nausea / vomiting||✓|
|Nervous System and Psychiatric Disorders||Anxiety||✓|
|Dysphoria / irritability||✓|
|Other||Decrease in weight||✓|
Whether they occur, and how they are experienced, if they do, are different for different people. It will be best to talk to your doctor or Frida clinician further about this if you have any more questions.