Stimulants and Reflux

Filed Under: ADHD Medication and Children, ADHD Stimulant Medications, Teens and Tweens with ADHD

Q:

"My eight-year-old daughter has been taking a stimulant for nine months, and recently, she's been getting stomach aches and vomiting after lunch. Her pediatrician says she has reflux."

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

Since your daughter has been taking the stimulant for months and has developed these problems only recently, it's probably not the stimulant. Your pediatrician is right to look for another cause, and I urge you to follow his proposed treatment.

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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