ADHD Medications Side Effects

In general, side effects of stimulants can include a decreased appetite, headaches, stomachaches, difficulty in getting a sleep, jitteriness, and social withdrawal.

These side effects can be managed by adjusting the dosage . Other side effects can occur in children who are on too high a dosage or those who are highly sensitive to stimulants.

Some children can become over focused or appear dull or overly restricted. Some parents do not like to use a stimulant because they don't want their child to be a 'zombie'.

It is imperative to remember that these unwanted side effects can be treated by lowering the dosage of medication or changing to a different medication.

Eventhough the stimulants like Adderall and Ritalin considered to be safe and problem free ,many parents do not like to use any kind of stimulant for the reason best known to them.

Some parents are very much anti stimulant and anti Ritalin and are hesitant to use them to their children with ADHD. So, now the only alternative for them is straterra.

How does Strattera work? It is a potent inhibitor of the
presynaptic norepinephrine transporter. This makes more nor epinehrine to be available which in turn increase attention and control hyperactivity and impulsivity.

Like the stimulants the exact mode of action is not known sofar. There are nearly six research studies have already been conducted to confirm that Strattera is safe and effective.

The FDA has warned the parents and physicians all over the world about an increased risk of suicidal thinking in children as well as adolescents who are being treated with Strattera.

The FDA states that Strattera may increase thoughts of suicide or suicide attempts in children, teenagers and adults like many other medicines that are used in psychiatrics.

There is a urgent necessity for the parents to cosult their child's doctor if their child has new or increased thoughts of suicide and changes in mood or behavior or becomes irritable or anxious .

This disadvantage doesn't necessarily mean that the child can't be prescribed Strattera . If strattera is doing a good job in managing the ADHD symptoms and not causing side effects, the parent need not stop it.The benefit of taking Strattera should be compared with the possible risks of the same drug.

The children consuming Strattera should be observed very closely for clinical worsening, suicidal thinking or behaviors, or unusual changes in behavior.This observation is a must for the first few months of starting treatment or at the time of increasing or decreasing the dosage.


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