Medication Guidelines 

On medication with AD/HD the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) notes:

If a child or adolescent needs treatment with medication for ADHD, methylphenidate, atomoxetine and dexamfetamine are all recommended as possible choices. When deciding which to use, doctors should consider the following:

  • whether the child or adolescent has other conditions such as epilepsy
  • the side effects of each medicine
  • factors that might make it difficult for the person to take the medicine at the right time (for example, if it is difficult to take a dose during school hours)
  • the possibility that the medicine might be misused, or passed on to another person for misuse
  • the individual preference of the child or adolescent and/or their family or carer.

Treatment with methylphenidate, atomoxetine or dexamfetamine should only be started after a specialist who is an expert in ADHD has thoroughly assessed the child or adolescent and confirmed the diagnosis. Once treatment has been started it can be continued and monitored by a GP.

View full NICE guidelines on medication and AD/HD here