Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) - Treatment Overview
Certain antidepressants, such as
bupropion (for instance, Wellbutrin) or tricyclics (for example, imipramine,
nortriptyline, desipramine), are sometimes also recommended for adults who have
What To Think About
- The U.S. Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) has issued an
advisory on Strattera. The FDA does not recommend that people
stop using this medicine. It advises parents and other
caregivers to closely watch for
warning signs of suicide in children and teens taking
- The FDA has issued an advisory about atomoxetine and the risks of liver injury, orthostatic hypotension, and syncope. Call your doctor if you have nausea or belly pain. Also, call your doctor if you feel dizzy or lightheaded or if your skin is yellowing.
There are several
myths that can interfere with a realistic perception
of ADHD. It is important to understand that ADHD is a medical condition that
cannot be consistently controlled without treatment. Help your child with ADHD
to learn about the condition and the importance of following treatment plans.
Your child is more likely to successfully control symptoms when he or she
actively participates in treatment, such as taking medicines on time.
Some people use treatment methods that have not been proved helpful,
such as diet restrictions. Do not substitute these practices for conventional
medical treatment. Some treatments are potentially physically and emotionally
harmful or are unproved. Using them not only can be dangerous but may also prevent
you from using proven methods of treatment. Talk with a doctor about the
concerns or questions you or your child has about ADHD or its treatment.