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Can antidepressants be used to treat ADHD?

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Antidepressants aren't approved to treat ADHD. But doctors may prescribe some, including bupropion (Wellbutrin), may be prescribed for children who haven’t responded well to other ADHD treatments, or who also have a mood disorder such as anxiety or depression. 

SOURCES:

CDC: “Medication and Behavior Treatment Among Children Ages 4-17 Years.”

Child Mind Institute: “Side Effects of ADHD Medication.”

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and American Psychiatric Association: “ADHD Parents Medication Guide.”

American Academy of Pediatrics: “ADHD Medication Daily Routines.”

Harstad, E. October 2014. Pediatrics,

National Resource Center on ADHD: “Managing Medication.”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on August 23, 2018

SOURCES:

CDC: “Medication and Behavior Treatment Among Children Ages 4-17 Years.”

Child Mind Institute: “Side Effects of ADHD Medication.”

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and American Psychiatric Association: “ADHD Parents Medication Guide.”

American Academy of Pediatrics: “ADHD Medication Daily Routines.”

Harstad, E. October 2014. Pediatrics,

National Resource Center on ADHD: “Managing Medication.”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on August 23, 2018

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