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How can you avoid loss of appetite from treating adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder?

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Some drugs can make you not feel like eating much. But skipping meals can lead to low blood sugar, and that may make you less able to focus. Try eating several small meals a day, rather than three bigger ones. Protein shakes are an easy way to get nutrients. Also, eat dinner later in the evening, after the effects of your medication have worn off. You may find you’re hungrier then. Sometimes, a low appetite leads to weight loss. It’s usually just a small amount. But if you think you're losing too much weight, tell your doctor.

SOURCES:

Lenard Adler, MD, associate professor of psychiatry and child & adolescent psychiatry, director of the Adult ADHD Program, New York University School of Medicine, New York City.

FDA: “FDA Directs ADHD Drug Manufacturers to Notify Patients about Cardiovascular Adverse Events and Psychiatric Adverse Events.” 

FDA: “FDA Proposes New Warnings about Suicidal Thinking, Behavior in Young Adults Who Take Antidepressant Medications.”

David W. Goodman MD, assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; director, Adult Attention Deficit Disorder Center of Maryland, Baltimore.

James McCracken, MD, director of child and adolescent psychiatry, Semel Institute at the UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles. 

National Resource Center on ADHD: “FAQ.”

J. Russell Ramsay, PhD, associate professor of psychology in psychiatry; co-director, Penn Adult ADHD Treatment and Research Program, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.

WebMD Medical News: “New Heart Alert for Some ADHD Drugs.”

News release, Pfizer.

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on January 8, 2018

SOURCES:

Lenard Adler, MD, associate professor of psychiatry and child & adolescent psychiatry, director of the Adult ADHD Program, New York University School of Medicine, New York City.

FDA: “FDA Directs ADHD Drug Manufacturers to Notify Patients about Cardiovascular Adverse Events and Psychiatric Adverse Events.” 

FDA: “FDA Proposes New Warnings about Suicidal Thinking, Behavior in Young Adults Who Take Antidepressant Medications.”

David W. Goodman MD, assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; director, Adult Attention Deficit Disorder Center of Maryland, Baltimore.

James McCracken, MD, director of child and adolescent psychiatry, Semel Institute at the UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles. 

National Resource Center on ADHD: “FAQ.”

J. Russell Ramsay, PhD, associate professor of psychology in psychiatry; co-director, Penn Adult ADHD Treatment and Research Program, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.

WebMD Medical News: “New Heart Alert for Some ADHD Drugs.”

News release, Pfizer.

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on January 8, 2018

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