Try a Tricyclic


"I've tried Strattera and several stimulant medications, and the side effects always outweigh the benefits. Is there anything else to try?"

Dr. Larry Silver specializes in treating children with attention deficit disorder (ADHD).

Ask the doctor about trying a tricyclic antidepressant. At low doses, these non-stimulant drugs can work as well as the stimulants without the same side effects. If your physician is unfamiliar with this group of medications, see the chapter on medication in my book, Dr. Larry Silver's Advice to Parents on ADHD. In most cases, the advice applies to adults considering non-stimulants as well.

Larry Silver, M.D., is clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown Medical Center in Washington, D.C. and director of training in child and adolescent psychiatry at Georgetown University School of Medicine. He is a former acting director and deputy director of the National Institute of Mental Health, as well as the author of Dr. Larry Silver's Advice to Parents on AD/HD and The Misunderstood Child: Understanding and Coping with Your Child's Learning Disabilities.
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