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Can attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) medication keep my child up at night?

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Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) drugs can keep kids up at night. That can happen if they took the last dose of the day too close to bedtime. It could be that a long-acting drug hasn’t worn off by bedtime, but you might wait a few weeks before asking your child’s doctor if you should make any changes to the medication. Sleep problems caused by ADHD medicine tend to get better with time.

SOURCES:

The Child Mind Institute: “Side Effects of ADHD Medication.”

National Institute of Mental Health: “Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.”

KidsHealth.org: “Getting Help for Sleep Woes.”

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on February 3, 2019

SOURCES:

The Child Mind Institute: “Side Effects of ADHD Medication.”

National Institute of Mental Health: “Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.”

KidsHealth.org: “Getting Help for Sleep Woes.”

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on February 3, 2019

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