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There are several approaches to treating Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Usually a multidisciplinary approach that combines behavior modification, life-style changes, counseling, and medication is considered most effective. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), in combination with school-based interventions and social skills training may help patients to control or develop alternate behaviors. The use of medication to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) has been controversial among clinicians, teachers, policymakers parents and the media. Many have questioned whether over-medicating children may cause other problems like lethargy and a sense of being 'doped up,' while suppressing a child's normal personality development. Some also argue that there is not enough evidence to show the long-term effects of medication use on children. However, treatment with medication has shown to be the most effective and is readily used. Stimulant medications, including methylphenidate (Ritalin, Metadate, Concerta), dextroamphetamine (Dexedrine), mixed amphetamine salts (Adderall),dextromethamphetamine (Desoxyn and lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse) are the most popular. Risperdal is an atypical antipsychotic drug used off-label to treat the condition; however its side effects may outweigh the benefit of the medication. Other non-stimulant medications used to treat the condition include.  Atomoxetine (Strattera) and Guanfacine (Intuniv) clonidine, and certain antidepressants such as tricyclic antidepressants, SNRIs, SSRIs or MAOIs.

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Very hyper and emotional on Daytrana6/13/2013 at 04:47 PM
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Causes stomach pain/wears off sooner that 12 hours and teachers are still seeing impulsive/hyper activity later in the day. Dose is 30mg.6/13/2013 at 04:46 PM
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drift in and out12/6/2012 at 10:55 PM
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cant remember important things12/6/2012 at 10:54 PM
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moving all the time12/6/2012 at 10:54 PM
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I needed an adjustment period when I first started taking it. My irritability in the evenings was the worst, probably when it was wearing off. But, even then there were very good upsides too. I noticed an almost immediate and radical improvement in my ability to focus and get tasks done. Especially tasks that required a lot of attention to detail. Night and day difference! Currently, the side effects have pretty much mellowed out and are mostly unnoticeable. But it still helps me to focus, remember and finish tasks, even now. I really appreciate this medicine, has really helped me out. The biggest thing seemed to be finding the right dosage. under my Dr.s supervision and recommendation, I started at 10mg 3 times per day and worked up 5mg every couple weeks or so form there until I found a comfort level.9/9/2010
Worked, felt focused and calm. Lost weight. Wish it didnt make my hair fall out and cause anxiety! Had to stop taking, will go back to immediate release, lower dose, but that doesnt work as well.9/9/2010
Overall these are excellent. In the past I tried Stratera for 1 month until I became violent toward everyone around me for no reason. After stopping completely I remained that way for almost another whole month. This was a trial for a generic version so there may be more to this matter-they tried to get me to continue taking the pills even after explained this to their therapist. I also tried Walbutrin for about 3 weeks and was sent into a daze the entire time. No lingering of this after stopping.9/29/2010
A great medicine for short term... I had to take Prozac to counteract the depression and mood swings which helped dramatically. One thing with me and this drug is I coulnt skip days or dosages or I had severe mood swings.9/28/2010
It has helped her so much- especially in school. she went from not doing well at all to being one of the best behaved children in her class, doing great in every subject! she no longer has to be told to sit still, and refocused/redirected.9/26/2010

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