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What are the side effects associated with using antidepressants to treat ADHD?

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The main side effect of using antidepressants to treat ADHD is trouble falling asleep. The FDA has also issued a warning about a connection between antidepressants and an increased risk of suicide in adults aged 18 to 24, especially in the first one or two months of use.

From: ADHD Medications and Side Effects WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

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.”

National Resource Center on ADHD: “Managing Medication for Adults with ADHD.” 

National Resource Center on ADHD: “Medications Used in the Treatment of ADHD.”

Pliszka, S. and the AACAP Study Group, , July 2007. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

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

Intuniv website.

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on March 25, 2019

SOURCES:

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.”

National Resource Center on ADHD: “Managing Medication for Adults with ADHD.” 

National Resource Center on ADHD: “Medications Used in the Treatment of ADHD.”

Pliszka, S. and the AACAP Study Group, , July 2007. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

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

Intuniv website.

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on March 25, 2019

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