Which ADHD Drugs Work Best for Children?

Thursday, 23 Jan 2014 07:00 PM

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Attention deficit disorder (ADHD) is present in many children. Children with ADHD exhibit hyperactivity, impulsiveness, and problems concentrating.

Medication are often prescribed for children with ADHD if the symptoms are present for at least six months. Varying medications may work better for different children.
 
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Drugs prescribed to treat ADHD in children include Adderall, Dexedrine, Ritalin, Concerta, and Strattera. These drugs generally act as stimulants in increasing activity and reducing response time, however in children with ADHD, these drugs work in the exact opposite manner, making the children feel more focused, less impulsive, and calmer.
 
There are some side effects to taking these types of medications, such as making children feel restless or jittery. The drugs can also cause a loss of appetite and irritability. Mood swings and depression are other possible side effects, as well as stomach upset and increased heart rate.

The effect of ADHD medication on the developing brain is yet to be researched fully since it is prescribed to young children who are in their development and formation years.

Cardiac evaluation prior to start of treatment is essential to ensure that children do not face sudden cardiac problems and failures due to the medication.

Psychiatric problems may be triggered in some children as a result of taking drugs for ADHD treatment.

While it is true that the medications prescribed for ADHD may help improve the concentration levels and control impulses, they do not fix all problems. Particularly, it should be kept in mind that medication can only relieve symptoms of ADHD, not cure it. Since each person reacts differently to the drugs and medicines, ADHD treatments should be carefully monitored. Otherwise, it could prove risky.

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