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What nonstimulant drugs and antidepressants can help treat ADHD?

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Nonstimulant drugs for ADHD include atomoxetine (Strattera). Although non-stimulant medicines may not work as well as stimulants, they have fewer side effects.

High blood pressure medicines are another choice. These drugs can help control impulsivity and hyperactivity symptoms.

Drugs that affect mood, including bupropion (Wellbutrin), can sometimes help with ADHD symptoms.

Often, a child will need a combination of medicine and other treatments. You may need to work with your doctor to adjust the medicine as your child's symptoms change.

  • Clonidine (Catapres, Kapvay)
  • Guanfacine (Intuniv, Tenex )

SOURCES:

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

Nemours Foundation: "What Is ADHD?"

Bope, E.T. and Kellerman, R.D. 1st edition Saunders Elsevier, 2011. Cohn's Current Therapy 2012, ,

Massachusetts General Hospital: "Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on May 1, 2017

SOURCES:

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

Nemours Foundation: "What Is ADHD?"

Bope, E.T. and Kellerman, R.D. 1st edition Saunders Elsevier, 2011. Cohn's Current Therapy 2012, ,

Massachusetts General Hospital: "Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on May 1, 2017

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