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Update on drugs for hyperactivity in childhood
  • Relevant BNF section: 4.4


In 2001, we concluded that methylphenidate or dexamfetamine can be useful adjunctive therapy for children with severe hyperactivity in whom non-drug approaches alone have been inadequate.1 Since then, ▼atomoxetine (pronounced a-toe-moks-e-teen; Strattera – Lilly) and three modified-release formulations of methylphenidate have been launched for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Here we reconsider drugs for ADHD in childhood, focusing on the newer products.

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