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What are the side effects of taking antidepressants to treat ADHD?

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Antidepressants haven’t been approved for treating ADHD, but some, including bupropion (Wellbutrin), may be prescribed for children who haven’t responded well to other ADHD treatments, or who also suffer from a mood disorder such as anxiety or depression.

Bupropion has many of the same potential side effects as stimulants, including irritability, decreased appetite, insomnia, and a worsening of existing tics. At high doses, it may make some people more likely to have seizures and can cause hallucinations.

SOURCES:

CDC: “Medication and Behavior Treatment Among Children Ages 4-17 Years.”

Child Mind Institute: “Side Effects of ADHD Medication.”

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and American Psychiatric Association: “ADHD Parents Medication Guide.”

American Academy of Pediatrics: “ADHD Medication Daily Routines.”

Harstad, E. October 2014. Pediatrics,

National Resource Center on ADHD: “Managing Medication.”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on August 23, 2018

SOURCES:

CDC: “Medication and Behavior Treatment Among Children Ages 4-17 Years.”

Child Mind Institute: “Side Effects of ADHD Medication.”

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and American Psychiatric Association: “ADHD Parents Medication Guide.”

American Academy of Pediatrics: “ADHD Medication Daily Routines.”

Harstad, E. October 2014. Pediatrics,

National Resource Center on ADHD: “Managing Medication.”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on August 23, 2018

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