How Do I Manage Medication Side Effects?

How can I best address the side effects associated with my child’s ADHD medication use?

How should you treat your child’s ADHD? In this 8-part guide, find expert answers to the questions that will help you make key decisions about ADHD treatment.

SIDE EFFECTS: What side effects of ADHD medication might impact my child?

A: Side effects of stimulant medications include trouble sleeping, nausea, loss of appetite, irritability, dizziness… | Keep reading on WebMD »

APPETITE: How can we solve the problem of appetite suppression associated with ADHD medication use?

A: Give your child high-calorie foods before they take their meds in the morning. They don’t like bacon and eggs? Offer a leftover burger or slice of pizza and a side of fruit for breakfast. Kids need calories and nutrition… | Keep reading on WebMD »

SLEEP: How can we solve the problem of sleeplessness associated with ADHD medication use?

A: Trouble with sleep is a common side effect of ADHD medications (which are stimulants). To be sure your child can wind down at bedtime, ask their doctor about changing the dose, the timing of it, or the type… | Keep reading on WebMD »

TICS: How can we solve the problem of tics associated with ADHD medications?

A: Though tics can be scary to have or watch, they don’t harm the brain. There are physical tics, such as repeatedly blinking or… | Keep reading on WebMD »

MOODINESS: How can we address emotional dysregulation when my child’s ADHD medication begins to wear off?

A: Ask your doctor about trying another stimulant; just because one stimulant causes emotional problems doesn’t mean that others will. If all stimulants cause problems, you’ll have to move on to… | Keep reading on ADDitude »

FIRST-PERSON: “The Gremlin Who Comes Out at Night to Eat Oreos”

“My son’s ADHD medicine suppresses his appetite and he can vacillate from hungry to not hungry and back again in the time it takes to pour a bowl of cereal. But, as I’ve learned, if I don’t make him eat before bed, he wakes in the wee hours of the morning and stalks the kitchen.” | Keep reading on ADDitude »


FREE DOWNLOAD: A Parent’s Guide to ADHD Medication

Read this to learn how doctors determine the right medication and dosage, monitor a medication’s effectiveness, address side effects, and more. | Download now on ADDitude »

EXPERT WEBINAR: How to Optimize Stimulant Treatment

Expert webinar with Thomas E. Brown, Ph.D. | Listen now on ADDitude »

8-Part Guide to ADHD Treatment in Children, from WebMD x ADDitude:

DECISION 1: How should I approach my child’s ADHD treatment plan?
DECISION 2: Is ADHD medication right for my child?
> DECISION 3: How can I address side effects associated with my child’s ADHD medication?
DECISION 4: How can I integrate nutrition & supplements into my child’s ADHD treatment?
DECISION 5: How can I integrate exercise & mindfulness into my child’s ADHD treatment?
DECISION 6: What therapies should I integrate into my child’s ADHD treatment plan?
DECISION 7: How should I adjust and optimize my child’s ADHD treatment plan over time?
DECISION 8: How can my child’s treatment plan safely address comorbid conditions?