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What are common medication side effects associated with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children?

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Some other possible effects include:

  • Nausea and headaches: ADHD drugs can make your child feel like she needs to throw up. This side effect usually goes away after a few weeks. In the meantime, your child might feel better if she takes her medicine with food.
  • Delayed growth: Some research shows that some children may grow more slowly than they should during their first year on ADHD medicine, but they seem to catch up during years 2 and 3. Boys who take breaks from ADHD drugs, like on weekends and during summer vacation, may not have this issue.
  • Sudden mood changes: Some children with ADHD get cranky when their drugs wear off. This is sometimes known as the rebound effect. It may mean the dose is too high or the medicine isn’t right for your child.

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 03, 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 03, 2019

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