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Are there over-the-counter medications for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder?

Are there over-the-counter medications for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder?

No: Although seem people use caffeine (as pills or in food or drink), no over-the-counter medications have been shown to be effective for treating adhd. Some parents notice that their children are less symptomatic when ill and taking cough syrup, but that is general sedation and illness, not treatment of adhd specifically. ...Read more

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Dr. Qamar Khan
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Inattention (Definition)

Inattention is a clinical finding in which a person has decreased attention span. This can occur in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ...Read more


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Do you know of over-the-counter medications for children diagnosed with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder?

Do you know of over-the-counter medications for children diagnosed with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder?

Possibly: Many conditions may mimic adhd. Discuss with your pediatrician. Sleep disorders may respond to melatonin, dietary issues may respond to otc medications and dietary supplements. Caffiene's stimulant property can be helpful but can have problems with managing doseage and is short acting. ...Read more

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At what age can attention deficit disorder be diagnosed?

At what age can attention deficit disorder be diagnosed?

Adhd: Although it used to be believed that adhd was exclusively a childhood disorder and magically disappeared by the age of 18, this is no longer believed to be the case. Research has shown that symptoms of adhd continue into adulthood and can continue to impair people's ability to function. Consequently, you can be diagnosed with adhd at any age...Assuming the disorder is present of course. ...Read more

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What long and short term effects of attention deficit disorder are there?

It depends!: People with adhd have challenges due to difficulties paying attention and maintaining adequate self-control, especially as required for academic tasks. If these symptoms are well managed, for example, by a combination of medications and/or behavioral interventions, the adhd ceases to cause chronic failures and disappointments. There are numerous success stories available! ...Read more

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How do you know if you have attention deficit disorder?

How do you know if you have attention deficit disorder?

Poor concentration: Add is a condition recognized in childhood, if later poor attention becomes a concern, doctor needs to collect thorough history, including school performance. There several medications which found to be helpful for this problem, including Adderall and ritalin. Anxiety commonly accompanies add and medication for add may help to have less anxiety. ...Read more

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What medication is available daily for attention deficit disorder?

What medication is available daily for attention deficit disorder?

Stimulants are still: The safest & most effective. The two stimulants, amphetamine & methlyphenidate, come in long, short & medium-acting delivery systems. One form is the active half of the mph molecule. Other are mixed amphetine salts; & mas + a lysine molecule. They differ in timing of onset of action, peak effect, & duration of action. Non-stimulants atomoxetine & Guanfacine are given daily & don't "wear off.". ...Read more

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Could having attention deficit disorder keep me from the army?

Possibly: "the causes for rejection for appointment, enlistment, and induction (without an approved waiver) are an authenticated history of: attention deficit disorder/attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (314), or perceptual/learning disorder(s) (315) is disqualifying, unless applicant can demonstrate passing academic performance and there has been no use of medication(s) in the previous 12 months.". ...Read more

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I need help! How do I know if I have attention deficit disorder ?

I need help! How do I know if I have attention deficit disorder ?

Consult: The best way to tell is to consult a psychiatrist with expertise in the subject. If you'd like, you can do an online self-screening http://psychcentral.com/addquiz.htm ...Read more

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What to if I am pretty sure that I have adult attention deficit disorder what should I do?

Formal evaluation: There are neuropsychological tests that can ultimately confirm or refute this diagnosis, and the first step is to use simpler questionnaires or interview by a doctor familiar with the syndrome. There are treatments that can be helpful. Must make diagnosis before you consider those to be safe. ...Read more

Dr. Carla Enriquez
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Adhd (Definition)

ADHD is characterized by inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsivity. Behavioral intervientions are often tried first ...Read more


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A condition in which the attention of the mind is easily distracted by ...Read more