font size


ADHD Medication for Children

Author:
Medical Editor:

What is attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)?

ADHD is a psychiatric disorder usually diagnosed during childhood. Children with ADHD are often hyperactive (overactive) and have difficulty paying attention and staying focused on tasks. They may interrupt other people's conversations or be impulsive and impatient. ADHD symptoms can cause problems at home and at school, and often will last into adulthood.

According to The American Psychiatric Association, 5% of children in the US have ADHD. However, studies have shown that 11% of children aged between 4 and 17 years had ADHD in 2011. The prevalence of ADHD is increasing, from 7.8% in 2003 to 11% in 2011. ADHD is more common in boys compared to girls (13.2% and 5.6% respectively).

Treatment options for ADHD in children include stimulant and non-stimulant medications and behavioral therapy.

List of ADHD medication for children

Many medications are available for the treatment of ADHD in children.

ADHD medications for children under the age of 3

  • Adderall (dextroamphetamine/amphetamine)
  • Dexedrine (dextroamphetamine)
  • Dextrostat (dextroamphetamine)
  • ProCentra (dextroamphetamine) oral solution
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/19/2014



Women's Health

Find out what women really need.

advertisement
advertisement
Use Pill Finder Find it Now See Interactions

Pill Identifier on RxList

  • quick, easy,
    pill identification

Find a Local Pharmacy

  • including 24 hour, pharmacies

Interaction Checker

  • Check potential drug interactions
Search the Medical Dictionary for Health Definitions & Medical Abbreviations