ADHD and Stimulants Research Note
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Though it seems counter-intuitive, the most effective drug treatments for ADHD are stimulants, including methylphenidate (sold as Ritalin, Concerta and Daytrana); dextroamphetamine-amphetamines (Adderall) and dextroamphetamine (Dexedrine). Experts say these may boost or balance certain brain chemicals, or neurotransmitters, including dopamine, serotonin and adrenaline. The drugs help alleviate the major ADHD symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity. Note that they only work for a limited time and dosage will vary from child to child, so you'll need to work with your doctor to find the right drug and dose for your child.Fast Facts:
- Stimulant drugs may cause decreased appetite and weight loss, along with sleeping problems.
- Children who take atomoxetine may have a slightly increased risk of suicidal thinking.
- Siblings and classmates of children with ADHD may abuse their stimulant medication, so monitor and store the medication securely.
- ADHD symptoms often lessen with age.
- Drug therapy is most effective when used in combination with behavior therapy.
sciencedaily.com — “The side effects of stimulant drugs, like those used to treat ADHD are usually insignificant, but are important to monitor for children with ADHD and certain heart conditions. Children diagnosed with ADHD should receive an electrocardiogram to rule out heart abnormalities before beginning treatment with stimulant drugs. Children currently taking stimulant drugs who did not have an ECG prior to treatment should get an ECG, according to a newly issued statement "Cardiovascular Monitoring of C” View full resource at sciencedaily.com
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