Can stimulant medications for ADHD make my child feel weird?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Medicine
Some children who take stimulant medications for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may feel different or strange while on the medication. However, this is not true for all young people. The best way to understand how ADHD stimulant medications affect your child is to give the medication to your child exactly as your doctor prescribes. Monitor your child's behavior and ask how he is doing.

This can be important because, in very rare situations, ADHD medications have been known to trigger psychiatric symptoms, including hallucinations. If your child mentions that he feels funny on the medication, discuss this with your doctor. Each stimulant medication works in different ways, and some drugs may be better tolerated by your child than others. Your doctor can guide you in finding the right type of drug and the right dose for your child.

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