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Filed Under: ADHD Medication and Children, Side Effects of ADHD Meds, Strattera

Q:

"Our son has had extremely cold hands and feet since he began taking Strattera. Is this a known side effect?"

Dr. Larry Silver M.D. is the author of two books about parenting ADHD/LD children.
A:

While I know of no evidence to suggest a link, it might be a side effect. It's also possible that it's an allergic reaction to the medication itself or to something else in the pill (food coloring, filler, etc.). Ask your doctor about stopping the medication to see if the problem goes away.

Larry Silver, M.D., is 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. He is also a clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown Medical Center in Washington, D.C.
 
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