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What are more serious side effects of ADHD medications?

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Rarely, ADHD meds can cause more serious side effects. For instance, some stimulants are linked to an increased risk of heart and blood vessel problems. They may make psychiatric conditions like depression, anxiety, or psychosis worse. The same is true for other types of medications, such as antidepressants, used to treat ADHD. The skin patch for Daytrana has also been known to cause skin discoloration where the patch is applied.

So, before you or your children start taking any medication, talk to your doctor about your medical and family history, and ask about the risks. You’ll also need to let your doctor know about any other medicines or vitamins your child may be taking.

SOURCES:

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

Intuniv web site.

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

Strattera web site.

WebMD Medical Reference: “Should My Child Take Stimulant Medications for ADHD? Medical Information.”

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

HelpGuide.org: “ADD & ADHD Medications.”

News release, Pfrizer. 

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on March 25, 2019

SOURCES:

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

Intuniv web site.

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

Strattera web site.

WebMD Medical Reference: “Should My Child Take Stimulant Medications for ADHD? Medical Information.”

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

HelpGuide.org: “ADD & ADHD Medications.”

News release, Pfrizer. 

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on March 25, 2019

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