Pharmacological treatments

Alessandro Zuddas

in Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Hyperkinetic Disorder

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ISBN: 9780199577651
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199607525 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Psychiatry Library

Pharmacological treatments

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Drug treatment should be based on a comprehensive assessment and diagnosis including full medical history and physical examination It should always be part of a comprehensive treatment plan that includes psychological, behavioural, and educational advice and interventions. Methylphenidate, amfetamines, and atomoxetine, are effective treatments via distinct neurochemical mechanisms. They should be used as main options for the management of ADHD in children and adolescents Drug treatment should be closely monitored for both common and unusual (but potentially severe) side effects.

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Subjects: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

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