A member asked:

My daughter 8 years old. she is skinny. she is on adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine). because of it she have no appetite and will be skinnier. how to solve this appetite problm?

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Dr. Katharine Cox answered

Specializes in Pediatric Emergency Medicine

This is a well known side effect of Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine). See her doctor and review your concerns. A lower dose or a different medication for ADHD may help. If she is able coming off medication for the summer might give her a break. I agree, it is worrisome. Work through the problem with her doctor and watch her weight chart. All the best.

Answered May 1, 2016

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Dr. William Singer answered

Specializes in Pediatric Neurology

If she is doing well on her current medication and dose, consider adding Periactin, well known as an appetite stimulant,able to counter the suppression of Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine). Other consideration would be an alternative medication which does not affect appetite. Also consider calorie dense foods

Answered Jun 1, 2015

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Dr. Patricia Foster answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

Be sure morning dose is given after breakfast. If possible have non-school day breaks from Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) or use lower dose. Appetite should increase later in day when med wears off. Often kids eat snacks and a big dinner when med is out of the system. Keep track of any weight loss and review with prescribing MD to consider alternatives if your daughter is losing weight. Don't delay. Hope this helps.

Answered May 1, 2017

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