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ADHD Medications (cont.)

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What are the precautions for ADHD drugs?

Precautions that are often taken when ADHD drugs are prescribed usually involve either reviewing recent lab work or requesting new lab work to make sure the person is healthy. The prescribing doctor might also ask that an EKG or full evaluation by a cardiologist be done if the person has a personal history of heart problems or a family history of early heart disease near or under 50 years of age. The person taking the medication should be monitored for side effects. When stimulant medications are prescribed, the weight and blood pressure of the person should be monitored to ensure that excessive weight loss or significant increase in blood pressure has not occurred. For nonstimulant medications, precautions involve monitoring blood pressure to ensure that a significant decrease does not occur. If Wellbutrin is being considered to treat ADHD, the prescribing doctor will inquire about any history of eating disorder or seizures, since the risk of having seizures is significantly higher for those individuals if given Wellbutrin.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/6/2013

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