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What are the side effects of ADHD medicine?

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Side effects of ADHD medicines can include:

Most side effects are minor and improve with time. In some cases, doctors may lower a medication dosage to relieve side effects.

  • Anxiety
  • Decreased appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Sleeping difficulties
  • Skin discoloration (with patches)
  • Upset stomach

From: ADHD Multimodal Treatment WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Neuroscience for Kids: "ADHD Gets Some Attention."

U.S. Department of Education: "Identifying and Treating Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: A Resource for School and Home."

The National Resource Center on ADHD: "Treatment Overview."

American Academy of Pediatrics: "National Institute of Mental Health Multimodal Treatment Study of ADHD Follow-Up: Changes in Effectiveness and Growth After the End of Treatment."

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

FDA: "Risks for ADHD Drugs Outlined in Patient Guides."

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 20, 2019

SOURCES:

Neuroscience for Kids: "ADHD Gets Some Attention."

U.S. Department of Education: "Identifying and Treating Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: A Resource for School and Home."

The National Resource Center on ADHD: "Treatment Overview."

American Academy of Pediatrics: "National Institute of Mental Health Multimodal Treatment Study of ADHD Follow-Up: Changes in Effectiveness and Growth After the End of Treatment."

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

FDA: "Risks for ADHD Drugs Outlined in Patient Guides."

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 20, 2019

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