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What nonstimulant drugs are approved to treat ADHD in children?

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The FDA has approved the non-stimulants atomoxetine (Strattera), clonidine hydrochloride ER (Kapvay) and guanfacine (Intuniv) to treat ADHD in children. All three can be used as combination (adjunctive) therapy with a stimulant.

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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