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Pharmacological treatment 

Pharmacological treatment
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Pharmacological treatment
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Alessandro Zuddas

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198724308.003.0005
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date: 27 June 2019

Drug treatment should be based on a comprehensive assessment and diagnosis including full medical history and physical examination. It should always be part of a comprehensive treatment plan that includes psychological, behavioural, and educational advice and interventions. Methylphenidate, amphetamine derivatives, atomoxetine, and guanfacine are effective treatments via distinct neurochemical mechanism. They should be used as the main pharmacological options for the management of ADHD in children and adolescents. Drug treatment should be closely monitored for both common and unusual (but potentially serious) side effects

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