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What should I tell my child regarding drugs and alcohol use while taking ADHD medication?

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Make sure your child knows he can't drink or use illegal drugs while on ADHD medication. ADHD medications are safe, but they can have serious side effects if he takes them with alcohol or other drugs.

SOURCES:

Chorniy, A. , July 2016. Labour Economics

Stephanie Sarkis, PhD, adjunct assistant professor at Florida Atlantic University; sub-investigator at Clinical Research Studies at the Florida Atlantic University Schmidt College of Medicine in Boca Raton, Florida.

Naomi Steiner, MD, developmental and behavioral pediatrician at Boston Medical Center.

Gould, O. March 2016 Journal of Attention Disorders,

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and

American Psychiatric Association: “ADHD: Parents Medication Guide.”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on August 23, 2018

SOURCES:

Chorniy, A. , July 2016. Labour Economics

Stephanie Sarkis, PhD, adjunct assistant professor at Florida Atlantic University; sub-investigator at Clinical Research Studies at the Florida Atlantic University Schmidt College of Medicine in Boca Raton, Florida.

Naomi Steiner, MD, developmental and behavioral pediatrician at Boston Medical Center.

Gould, O. March 2016 Journal of Attention Disorders,

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and

American Psychiatric Association: “ADHD: Parents Medication Guide.”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on August 23, 2018

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