Stimulants such as Ritalin, Adderall and Vyvanse are nearly always the first medication doctors try for ADHD because they have a long, solid safety record, they take effect within minutes and they leave the body within hours.Side effects range from mild (and common) – such as irritability, sleep disruption, drowsiness and loss of appetite – to serious (but rare) – such as heart and liver problems and exacerbation of mental health issues.
Stimulants such as Ritalin, Adderall and Vyvanse are nearly always the first medication doctors try for ADHD because they have a long, solid safety record, they take effect within minutes and they leave the body within hours.Side effects range from mild (and common) – such as irritability, sleep disruption, drowsiness and loss of appetite – to serious (but rare) – such as heart and liver problems and exacerbation of mental health issues. iStock
Stimulants such as Ritalin, Adderall and Vyvanse are nearly always the first medication doctors try for ADHD because they have a long, solid safety record, they take effect within minutes and they leave the body within hours.Side effects range from mild (and common) – such as irritability, sleep disruption, drowsiness and loss of appetite – to serious (but rare) – such as heart and liver problems and exacerbation of mental health issues. iStock

Should you medicate your kids for ADHD?

June 08, 2015 07:00 AM