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What should you know about ADHD medicine?

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Millions of children in America with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have been helped in school, activities, and home life by taking medications. However, these meds can cause a range of side effects, both physical and emotional.

Before your child starts taking an ADHD medication for the first time, or switches to a different drug or a new dose, note her habits before she starts the drug so you can tell if a new behavior may be a side effect. It’s common to have some early side effects. It can take a few days or a few weeks for her body to adjust.

If any changes concern you, talk to your child’s doctor to decide whether you should stay the course, switch to another medication, adjust the dosage, or stop medication entirely.

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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