10 March 2009

Side Effects of ADHD Medicatons: Adderall, Concerta, Ritalin and Straterra

The following is a listing of common side effects for several ADHD medications.

Read your pharmacy label regarding allergic reactions - if the label uses a Latin word you've never heard of, look it up and write it down on your paperwork so that you know what to look out for.

Make sure you or your child gets the heart checked out first before starting ADHD medications. There could be unknown heart issues that are important for the doctor to know before prescribing.

If one medicine doesn't work out, you can always try a different one. Each person is different.

My daughter is on Adderall. She had trouble falling asleep at night for a month or two but she's fine now. Just had to get used to it, I guess.



Adderall:
Restlessness/insomnia
Shaking/tremors
Anxiety/nervousness
Headaches
Dizziness
Dry mouth
Funny taste in the mouth
Diarrhea/constipation
Impotence/changes in sex drive


Concerta:
Headaches
Stomach pain
Sleeplessness
Decreased appetite
Nausea/vomiting
Dizziness
Nervousness
Tics/twitching
Increased blood pressure


Ritalin:
Nervousness
Insomnia/sleepiness
Loss of appetite
Nausea
Dizziness
Headaches
Involuntary muscle movements
Blood pressure and pulse changes
Chest pain/pressue
Irregular heartbeat
Abdominal pain


Strattera:
Nausea/vomiting
Decreased appetite
Dizziness
Tiredness
Mood swings

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