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long term effects of adhd medication in children?

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hello, my name is heather. i have a 6 year old nephew who has been diagnosed with adhd and my mother, who has costody of him at the moment, has put him on a behavoral drug called Intuniv. the first week of him being on it, he was to take one pill a day in the morning before school. it effected his school life dramaticlly, he was falling asleep during class and his teacher was noticing his personallity change, as have our family. he wasnt as imaginitve nor energetic and was going to bed around 5 or 6 in the evening. after two weeks, they raised his dose to two pills and made him like a zombie. my mother then put him back on 1 pill without consulting the docter. i want my mother to not have to rely on these pills to help him. i was wondering if there were any alternitives to the pills that will improve his behavior and focus and what are the long term effects of taking these pills (liver damage, social/education abilities?)
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replied December 24th, 2018
Thank you for asking at Ehealth forum!

I read your question and i understand your concern. There are many alternatives to non stimulants ADD pills. Just consult any good psychiatrist and they will put many drug options on the table for the management.

I hope it helps. Stay in touch with your healthcare provider for further guidance as our answers are just for education and counselling purposes and cannot be an alternative to actual visit to a doctor.
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