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Do medications for ADHD have side effects?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Medications for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) do have side effects, which may vary from medication to medication and with dose. Your doctor should be able to provide you with a detailed list of possible side effects of your child's medication. Some common side effects include headaches, appetite, and sleep problems. Rare side effects may be serious. Consult your doctor if your child seems emotionless, has other mood changes, displays repetitive movements or noises, or has suicidal thoughts. Tell your doctor if your child has a preexisting heart problem.

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