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Do any drugs for ADHD not have side effects and how long do they last?

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All ADHD drugs can cause side effects. They usually happen when a child first starts treatment. They're usually mild and go away fairly soon. Before your child starts any new medication, talk to his doctor about what to expect.

If you become concerned about side effects while your child is on a medication, call the doctor. Don't make changes in the treatment without talking to him.

From: ADHD Treatment in Children WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Resource Center on AD/HD: "Behavioral Treatment for Children and Teenagers with AD/HD."

National Resource Center on AD/HD: "Complementary and Alternative Treatments."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "ADHD: What Parents Should Know."

National Resource Center on AD/HD: "Managing Medication for Children and Adolescents with AD/HD."

National Resource Center on AD/HD: "Managing Medication for Adults with AD/HD."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "ADHD Medicines."

Medscape: “Once-Daily Guanfacine Approved to Treat ADHD.”

Intuniv web site.

Attention Deficit Disorder Resources: “Medication Management for Adults with ADHD.”

Strattera web site.

National Institute of Mental Health: “Questions Raised about Stimulants and Sudden Death.”

HelpGuide.org: “ADD & ADHD Medications.”

News release, Pfizer.

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 20, 2019

SOURCES:

National Resource Center on AD/HD: "Behavioral Treatment for Children and Teenagers with AD/HD."

National Resource Center on AD/HD: "Complementary and Alternative Treatments."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "ADHD: What Parents Should Know."

National Resource Center on AD/HD: "Managing Medication for Children and Adolescents with AD/HD."

National Resource Center on AD/HD: "Managing Medication for Adults with AD/HD."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "ADHD Medicines."

Medscape: “Once-Daily Guanfacine Approved to Treat ADHD.”

Intuniv web site.

Attention Deficit Disorder Resources: “Medication Management for Adults with ADHD.”

Strattera web site.

National Institute of Mental Health: “Questions Raised about Stimulants and Sudden Death.”

HelpGuide.org: “ADD & ADHD Medications.”

News release, Pfizer.

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 20, 2019

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