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Do non-stimulant medications have the same side effects of stimulant drugs for teens with ADHD?

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Non-stimulant medications for ADHD do not have the side effects of stimulant drugs. For instance, they don't lead to anxiety, irritability, and insomnia as stimulant drugs may. They also are not habit-forming and have less likelihood of being abused than stimulant drugs, making them a more appropriate option for teens with ADHD who also have alcohol or drug abuse problems.

From: ADHD in Teens WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

CHADD: "Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder."

National Resource Center on ADHD: "Symptoms and Diagnostic Criteria."

CDC: "ADHD and Risk of Injury."

National Institutes of Health: "Severe Childhood ADHD May Predict Alcohol, Substance Use Problems in Teen Years."

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 20, 2019

SOURCES:

CHADD: "Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder."

National Resource Center on ADHD: "Symptoms and Diagnostic Criteria."

CDC: "ADHD and Risk of Injury."

National Institutes of Health: "Severe Childhood ADHD May Predict Alcohol, Substance Use Problems in Teen Years."

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 20, 2019

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