Primary Care Companion E-lert

04.29.13

The Primary Care Companion for
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Rounds in the General Hospital

Using Stimulants for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: Clinical Approaches and Challenges

Jonathan R. Stevens, MD, MPH; Timothy E. Wilens, MD; and Theodore A. Stern, MD

Are you reluctant to prescribe stimulants for patients with ADHD and comorbid autism, bipolar disorder, or seizures for fear of exacerbating the underlying disorder? Have you felt confused or bewildered as the number of approved stimulant preparations has tripled over the past 15 years? In this article, Stevens and colleagues explore prescribing practices regarding stimulants for patients with ADHD and examine clinical concerns and challenges to safe and effective prescribing.

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