Stimulant side effects: a pharmacogenetic/ developmental perspective

Florence Levy*

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Despite the use of stimulant medications in the treatment of hyperactive, attention-disordered children for over 70 years, the side effects remain poorly understood. While they are generally mild, there are important differences in severity and type in preschool and developmentally delayed children, which may help to indicate the pharmacological mechanisms involved. In young and delayed children, adrenergic effects may predominate, while in older children, dopaminergic (‘inverted-U’) effects at dopamine receptors 1 and 2 are likely to be important.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationClinical management of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
EditorsLily Hechtman
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherFuture Medicine
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781780843063, 1780843062, 9781780843070, 1780843070
ISBN (Print)9781780843087
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2013
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameThe Future Science Group eBook collection
ISSN (Electronic)2047-332X


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