Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) - Medications
New longer-acting medicines allow many people to take one
pill a day for their ADHD symptoms, avoiding the multiple dosages that were
standard in the past.
Stimulant medicines may be related to slower growth in children, especially in the first year of taking the medicine. But most children seem to catch up in height and weight by the time they are adults. Your doctor will keep track of your child's growth and watch for problems.1 As with any
medicine, parents should think about not only the benefits of these medicines but also the potential risks.
medicines to treat ADHD are approved by the FDA for children age 3 and older.
But there are few studies on the use of ADHD medicine for children age 5 and
younger. Most doctors do not prescribe medicines for a child who has ADHD
symptoms until he or she starts school. Younger children are more likely to
have side effects from medicines. But they may be prescribed for younger
children when symptoms severely affect a child's behavior and quality of
Some medicines used to treat ADHD (such as stimulants) can
be abused. Make sure your child knows not to sell or give medicine to other
people. An adult should supervise the medicine.