Sleepless nights for some kids with ADHD

Stimulant medication like Ritalin, Concerta and Adderall for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) had a negative effect on a child's ability to get to sleep and resulted in overall less sleep time, a new research review confirms.

Experts recommend pediatricians closely monitor sleep problems in kids with ADHD; they should carefully consider dosage amounts, standard versus extended release, and dosage frequencies to minimize sleep problems while effectively treating ADHD symptoms.

"We're not saying don't use stimulant medications to treat ADHD," said Timothy Nelson, an associate professor of psychology involved in the study.. "They are well tolerated in general and there is evidence for their effectiveness. But physicians need to weigh the pros and cons in any medication decision.

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