Stimulants and Nausea


"Recently, I've felt nauseated during the middle of the day and very tired by the end of the day. Could this be caused by my stimulant medication?"

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

I don't have enough information to give you a definite yes or no. I suggest that you stop taking the medication for a week. If the midday nausea stops, it might have been caused by your medication, so talk to your doctor about trying a different one. If it does not go away, your doctor needs to explore other causes.

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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