MedicineSide EffectsAdditional Information
All Stimulants (regular or extended-release formulas)
Adderall®
Concerta®
Daytrana®
Dexedrine®
Focalin®
Metadate®
Methylin®
Ritalin®
Vyvance®
  • Less appetite
  • Worsened tic (uncontrollable movement)
  • Difficulty falling asleep
  • Headaches, stomach aches, and irritability
  • Increased heart rate
Children or teens with heart problems of any kind should be followed by their doctor for side effects.
Every child reacts a bit differently to stimulants, and these side effects may be mild or strong.
Nonstimulants (regular or extended-release formulas)
Atomoxetine (Strattera®)
  • Increased thoughts of suicide (more than in children not taking the medicine)
  • Less appetite
  • Increased heart rate
  • Headaches, stomach aches, and irritability
Parents should watch for signs of suicidal thoughts.
This medicine has been associated with heart problems and may not be safe in children or teens with a history of severe heart problems.
Guanfacine (Intuniv®)
  • Drowsiness, fatigue, and sleepiness
  • Headaches, stomach aches, and irritability
  • Possible heart side effects include low blood pressure, slow heart rate, or other changes in heart rhythm. These side effects may need to be followed by your doctor.
This medicine should not be stopped suddenly, as doing so can increase blood pressure.

From: Treatment Options for ADHD in Children and Teens

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