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What are the side effects of stimulants for ADHD?

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Stimulants sometimes have side effects, but those tend to happen early in treatment. They’re usually mild and short-lived. The most common ones include:

  • Less appetite or weight loss
  • Sleep problems
  • Headaches
  • Jitteriness

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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