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European guidelines on managing adverse effects of medication for ADHD


Graham, J; Banaschewski, T; Buitelaar, J; Coghill, D; Danckaerts, M; Dittmann, R W; Döpfner, M; Hamilton, R; Hollis, C; Holtmann, M; Hulpke-Wette, M; Lecendreux, M; Rosenthal, E; Rothenberger, A; Santosh, P; Sergeant, J; Simonoff, E; Sonuga-Barke, E; Wong, I C K; Zuddas, A; Steinhausen, H C; Taylor, E (2011). European guidelines on managing adverse effects of medication for ADHD. European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 20(1):17-37.

Abstract

The safety of ADHD medications is not fully known. Concerns have arisen about both a lack of contemporary-standard information about medications first licensed several decades ago, and signals of possible harm arising from more recently developed medications. These relate to both relatively minor adverse effects and extremely serious issues such as sudden cardiac death and suicidality. A guidelines group of the European Network for Hyperkinetic Disorders (EUNETHYDIS) has therefore reviewed the literature, recruited renowned clinical subspecialists and consulted as a group to examine these concerns. Some of the effects examined appeared to be minimal in impact or difficult to distinguish from risk to untreated populations. However, several areas require further study to allow a more precise understanding of these risks.

The safety of ADHD medications is not fully known. Concerns have arisen about both a lack of contemporary-standard information about medications first licensed several decades ago, and signals of possible harm arising from more recently developed medications. These relate to both relatively minor adverse effects and extremely serious issues such as sudden cardiac death and suicidality. A guidelines group of the European Network for Hyperkinetic Disorders (EUNETHYDIS) has therefore reviewed the literature, recruited renowned clinical subspecialists and consulted as a group to examine these concerns. Some of the effects examined appeared to be minimal in impact or difficult to distinguish from risk to untreated populations. However, several areas require further study to allow a more precise understanding of these risks.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, further contribution
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Center for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Date:2011
Deposited On:25 Feb 2011 16:07
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 14:50
Publisher:Springer
ISSN:1018-8827
Publisher DOI:10.1007/s00787-010-0140-6
PubMed ID:21042924
Permanent URL: http://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-46833

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