Several different forms of medication exist for treating ADHD. Stimulants, including Ritalin and Adderall, are very common among children with ADHD. The drugs do have side effects, including sleeplessness, potential growth problems, stomach pain, headache or depression. Strattera is the first non-stumlant drug approved for ADHD, and it works by increasing levels of select chemicals in the brain. Antidepressants have also been used off-label to treat ADHD.
Parents of children with ADHD are frequently concerned about one of the major side effects of stimulant medication: loss of appetite. But for some, this side effect is a welcome part of treatment. Stimulant Medications are effective treatments for ADHD; they help to reduce symptoms of inattention, impulsiveness and hyperactivity.…