Medications for ADHD

  • J. Gordon Millichap


Medications, especially central nervous system stimulants, are an important part of treatment of ADHD. The use of stimulants for the treatment of hyperactive behavior in children was first described in 1937, beginning with amphetamines. Controlled trials of methylphenidate (Ritalin®) in the 1960s demonstrated significant benefits without serious side effects. In addition to a lessening of motor activity, focus and attention were increased and schoolwork, grades, and social behavior were improved. In small to moderate doses, methylphenidate benefits learning without impairing creative or flexible thinking. The value of stimulant medication in the management of ADHD has withstood the test of time.


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  1. 1.Division of NeurologyNorthwestern University Medical School, Children’s Memorial HospitalChicagoUSA

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