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Do ADHD medications cause side effects?

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Many medications that treat ADHD have side effects. Make sure you know what to expect and what to look for before your child starts a medicine.

Watch for unusual behavior changes while your child is on any medicine, and report them to your doctor. Alert your doctor if a medicine isn't working or if it's causing side effects -- and don't stop the medicine without talking to your child's doctor.

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health: "Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder."

Medscape: "Combination Pharmacologic Treatment for ADHD: The Emerging Evidence Base."

FDA: "Strattera."

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry: "New Advances in the Pharmacological Treatment of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder."

UpToDate: "Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children and adolescents: Treatment with medications" and "Pharmacology of drugs used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children and adolescents."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on March 25, 2019

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health: "Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder."

Medscape: "Combination Pharmacologic Treatment for ADHD: The Emerging Evidence Base."

FDA: "Strattera."

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry: "New Advances in the Pharmacological Treatment of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder."

UpToDate: "Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children and adolescents: Treatment with medications" and "Pharmacology of drugs used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children and adolescents."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on March 25, 2019

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