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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

The Safety Level of Adderal

01/19/2007

Question:

I want to know how safe my child is in my choice of giving him the drug called "adderall". You can give me an answer by replying to this one to you. Would you consent to the treatment of your own child with adderall, on the advice of your personal physcian?

Answer:

If my sons were still young and their physician suggested one of them try a stimulant medication because it might help with major problems they were having, yes, I would have him try it. The drugs' safety is not a concern to me when used appropriately and trying would be the only way to see how well they could help. This includes Adderal, Ritalin, Concerta, Daytrana (the patch), and others.

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Response by:

Susan Louisa Montauk, MD
Formerly Professor of Family Medicine
University of Cincinnati