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ADHD Medication for Children (cont.)

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Why are ADHD medications prescribed for children?

ADHD medications are prescribed to improve attention and reduce hyperactivity and impulsivity in children. They may also be used to improve ability to focus, work and learn. In addition, they may be used to reduce aggression, provide a calming effect and improve coping with frustration.

What are the types of ADHD medications for children?

Stimulants (such as methylphenidate, amphetamine, dextroamphetamine) and non-stimulants listed below.

What are the non-stimulating ADHD medications for children?

  • Strattera (atomoxetine)
  • Intuniv (extended release guanfacine)
  • Kapvay (extended release clonidine)

Tricyclic and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) may be helpful in ADHD. They can also be combined with stimulants when patients have another mood disorder, such as depression.

What is the best type of ADHD mediation for children?

Selection of an ADHD medication selection depends on patient specific factors as well as drug side effects, interactions and existing conditions. However, stimulant medications have been studied the most and have more evidence of use.

The National Institute of Mental Health states that no single treatment is best for all children and to consider the child's needs as well as personal and medical history.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/2/2016

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