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When should I consider going to the doctor for side effects of ADHD medication?

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Many people feel the side effects of their ADHD medications are worth dealing with to get the benefits. But if they're severe or interfering with your life, don't try to ignore them. Get help from your doctor. Together, you'll be able to come up with a plan that works best for you.

SOURCES:

Lenard Adler, MD, associate professor of psychiatry and child & adolescent psychiatry, director of the Adult ADHD Program, New York University School of Medicine, New York City.

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.”

David W. Goodman MD, assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; director, Adult Attention Deficit Disorder Center of Maryland, Baltimore.

James McCracken, MD, director of child and adolescent psychiatry, Semel Institute at the UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles. 

National Resource Center on ADHD: “FAQ.”

J. Russell Ramsay, PhD, associate professor of psychology in psychiatry; co-director, Penn Adult ADHD Treatment and Research Program, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.

WebMD Medical News: “New Heart Alert for Some ADHD Drugs.”

News release, Pfizer.

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on January 8, 2018

SOURCES:

Lenard Adler, MD, associate professor of psychiatry and child & adolescent psychiatry, director of the Adult ADHD Program, New York University School of Medicine, New York City.

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.”

David W. Goodman MD, assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; director, Adult Attention Deficit Disorder Center of Maryland, Baltimore.

James McCracken, MD, director of child and adolescent psychiatry, Semel Institute at the UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles. 

National Resource Center on ADHD: “FAQ.”

J. Russell Ramsay, PhD, associate professor of psychology in psychiatry; co-director, Penn Adult ADHD Treatment and Research Program, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.

WebMD Medical News: “New Heart Alert for Some ADHD Drugs.”

News release, Pfizer.

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on January 8, 2018

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