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Drugs & Therapy Perspectives

, Volume 23, Issue 11, pp 9–12 | Cite as

The pharmacological treatment of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in adolescents is effective and relatively safe

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Although the treatment of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder in adolescents brings new challenges, stimulant and nonstimulant medications are likely to be as effective in adolescents as they are in younger children. To ensure coverage of school and extracurricular activities, the use of longer-acting formulations is often required. The risk of adverse effects appears to be outweighed by the benefits of treatment.

ADHD less prevalent in adolescents …

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has a declining prevalence from childhood to adolescence,[1] although diagnostic criteria may result in the underestimation of its prevalence in adolescents.[2] Although these criteria are sensitive to symptoms in younger children, they may not capture some of the symptoms present in adolescents with persistent ADHD.[2] Problems relating to inattention, rather than to hyperactivity or impulsivity, are those that generally persist into adolescence.[1] Therefore, even if diagnostic...

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