Side effects of stimulant use

F. Levy*

*Corresponding author for this work

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The current literature on side effects of central nervous system (CNS) stimulant medications used in the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is reviewed, with particular emphasis on dose-response effects on differing behavioural systems. The reasons for variation in findings may lie in individual differences in children, or in differing responses of target behavioural systems. These may be understood in terms of underlying pharmacological mechanisms. Social, educational and philosophical issues relating to medication use are discussed, and the need for ongoing critical clinical and research approaches, rather than polarization of professional attitudes, is emphasized.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)250-254
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Paediatrics and Child Health
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1993
Externally publishedYes


  • attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
  • dexamphetamine
  • methylphenidate
  • side-effects
  • Tourettes disorder


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