Medication Management

At our clinic, we take the use of medication quite seriously. Although there are a number of medications that can be very helpful for children, teens and adults with ADHD, we’ve learned that to get the best response, and reduce the risk for side effects, we need to make sure that:
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Our patients are eating meals that provide them with sufficient protein, essential fatty acids and other important vitamins and minerals
Our patients are getting enough sleep in order to be able to pay attention.
We have evaluated our patients for other medical conditions that can cause symptoms of attention, hyperactivity and impulsivity…and treated those before starting any medication for ADHD.
We have performed a thorough evaluation to make sure that we understand the neurological characteristics of their attention problems. At our clinic, we use a QEEG examination that has been indicated for use by the FDA because it improves diagnostic accuracy. We have found that most of our patients show underactivity in brain regions responsible for the attention and behavioral control. These patients are more likely to respond to stimulant medications. However, other patients show excessive activity in those brain regions and will respond to medications intended to slow down or regulate overly active brains.
Once we match type of medication with type of neurological symptoms, we start at a low dose (to test for any side effects). We will use our patented QEEG evaluation process to monitor medication response and help to guide any adjustment of dose. Our goal is to identify the type and dose medication(s) that successfully treat the underlying neurological causes of your ADHD.

Collaborating with your physician

We provide a comprehensive evaluation report to your primary care physician in order to help coordinate your overall care. Some of our patients prefer to have medical treatment for ADHD provided by a psychiatric specialist, and we will often consult with Jacqueline Ponticiello, NPP (Phone: 607-754-1101) to help these patients. Others will prefer to obtain medical care for ADHD from their primary care physician. We welcome the opportunity to help manage your ADHD symptoms in whatever ways you feel most comfortable.

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