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ADHD Medication Side Effects No One Should Tolerate

much easier for children and adults who have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD or ADD). But ADHD medications can also make things worse and cause severe side effects, including headaches, sleep problems, and a blunted appetite.Some people (including more than a few doctors) seem to assume that ADHD medication side effects are merely the price to pay for taking a prescription.

I couldn’t disagree more. No one should have to put up with side effects of ADHD meds.

Often, a simple adjustment in the way a medication is used is all it takes to remedy the problem.In this article, I’ll explain the strategies that I’ve found particularly effective at controlling ADHD medication side effects in children — which, by the way, also work for adults with ADHD. Try the strategies with your own child, or yourself.

Tell your doctor what you are doing — to see what additional help he or she can provide.Methylphenidate (Ritalin), dextro-amphetamine (Dexedrine, Evekeo), and dextro-amphetamine/levo-amphetamine (Adderall, Adzenys) have similar side-effect profiles, and the strategies that curb side effects for one medication generally work for the other two, as well.Along with difficulty falling asleep at night (see below), loss of appetite is the most common side effect of stimulant meds. This problem often clears up on its own within a few weeks, so I usually recommend a wait-and-see approach.

If the problem persists, don’t delay taking action — especially if the appetite loss is severe enough to trigger decrease in total body mass, or, in a growing child, failure to grow appropriately.[Get This Free Resource: A Parent’s Guide to ADHD Medications]First, observe your child’s eating patterns. Breakfast often goes well because the

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