ADHD Medication for Children (cont.)
Annette (Gbemudu) Ogbru, PharmD, MBA
Dr. Gbemudu received her B.S. in Biochemistry from Nova Southeastern University, her PharmD degree from University of Maryland, and MBA degree from University of Baltimore. She completed a one year post-doctoral fellowship with Rutgers University and Bristol Myers Squibb.
Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD
Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.
In this Article
- What is attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)?
- List of ADHD medication for children
- ADHD medications for children under the age of 3
- ADHD medications for children aged 6 years or older
- Why are ADHD medications prescribed for children?
- What are the types of ADHD medications for children?
- What are the non-stimulating ADHD medications for children?
- What is the best type of ADHD mediation for children?
- General treatment guidelines from The American Academy of Pediatrics
- General considerations for choosing a stimulant
- Non-stimulant ADHD medications
- Are there liquid ADHD medications for children?
- What are ADHD medication side effects in children
- What are the warnings and precautions when using ADHD medications in children
- Contraindications for ADHD medications
- Black box warnings for ADHD medications
- ADHD medication for children with autism
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?
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.
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