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What are common side effects of stimulants for adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)?

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Stimulants are the first medication choice for ADHD, and they tend to work the best. Usually you start with a low dose and slowly raise the amount.

You may be able to manage your side effects by changing the dose or time of day you take it. Common side effects from stimulants include:

  • Anorexia or loss of appetite
  • Anxiety or panic
  • Dry mouth
  • Headache
  • Jitteriness
  • Moodiness
  • Slight increase in blood pressure and pulse
  • Trouble sleeping

From: Adult ADHD: Treatment Overview WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).”

U.S. National Library of Medicine: “Treatment of adults with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.”

HelpGuide.org: “ADHD in Adults.”

Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD): “Treatment, Medication Management, Coaching.”

American Family Physician: “Diagnosis and Management of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in Adults.”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 20, 2019

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).”

U.S. National Library of Medicine: “Treatment of adults with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.”

HelpGuide.org: “ADHD in Adults.”

Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD): “Treatment, Medication Management, Coaching.”

American Family Physician: “Diagnosis and Management of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in Adults.”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 20, 2019

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