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How can ADHD medicine cause problems sleeping?

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The most common type of medication used to treat ADHD is stimulant drugs. These medications increase the levels of chemicals in the brain called dopamine and norepinephrine. That may cause your child to have problems falling asleep, especially when she first starts taking them.

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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