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Does ADHD medication increase the risk of suicide in young children?
12 doctors weighed in

Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics
9 doctors agree
In brief: No
None of the standard medications for adhd are associated with suicidality in young children.
Atomoxetine (strattera) has been associated with a slight increase in suicidation in adolescents and adults, however. Any time a new medication is started the parents or the patient should be in close contact with the doctor, communicating any concern that arises.

In brief: No
None of the standard medications for adhd are associated with suicidality in young children.
Atomoxetine (strattera) has been associated with a slight increase in suicidation in adolescents and adults, however. Any time a new medication is started the parents or the patient should be in close contact with the doctor, communicating any concern that arises.
Dr. Carla Enriquez
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Dr. Mary Ann Block
General Practice
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
As mentioned, strattera (atomoxetine) can increase the risk of suicide.
Some children with adhd symptoms are prescribed antidepressants even though they are not recommended for children because of the increased suicide risk.

In brief: Yes
As mentioned, strattera (atomoxetine) can increase the risk of suicide.
Some children with adhd symptoms are prescribed antidepressants even though they are not recommended for children because of the increased suicide risk.
Dr. Mary Ann Block
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Dr. Alfredo Soto
Antidepressants can be prescribed for children who suffer from depression if they are monitored closely. The idea that antidepressants are not recommended for children is a fallacy and many primary care providers use antidepressants to treat everything from intractable headaches to nighttime accidents.
Dr. Alfredo Soto
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: No
There is no evidence that medications used to treat adhd lead to suicidal thinking or acts in children or adolescents.
However, strattera (atomoxetine) is a medication approved for adhd that is more related to antidepressants, and as such it has been given a warning of suicidal ideation as it is grouped with that kind of medicine.

In brief: No
There is no evidence that medications used to treat adhd lead to suicidal thinking or acts in children or adolescents.
However, strattera (atomoxetine) is a medication approved for adhd that is more related to antidepressants, and as such it has been given a warning of suicidal ideation as it is grouped with that kind of medicine.
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