The Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics
Drugs for ADHD
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Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a disruptive behavior disorder that has been diagnosed in up to 10% of school-age children in the US, most often in boys, and frequently persists into adulthood.1,2 A recent study in a large Danish cohort found that ADHD was associated with increased mortality in children, adolescents, and adults, mainly due to accidents.3 Pharmacologic treatment of ADHD has been reported to lower the risk of serious traffic accidents and criminal behavior.4,5

The drugs approved by the FDA for treatment of ADHD are listed in Table 1. None of these agents (except for short-acting dextroamphetamine) are approved for use in children <6 years old.


All of the stimulants used for treatment of ADHD are classified as schedule II ... more      

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