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ADHD Resources

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The more you know about ADHD, the better you can manage your child's condition. When you understand how ADHD affects your child's life, you can start developing strategies to manage the everyday challenges your child faces—at school, home, and at play.

Here are some helpful resources you can use for education and support:

United States Department of Education - Find out about your child's rights under federal laws designed to ensure that children with disabilities, including ADHD, receive an appropriate education.

National Dissemination Center for Children With Disabilities (NICHCY) - NICHCY serves as a central source of information about educational rights, special education resources, individualized education programs (IEPs) and more.

National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) - By providing information, promoting research and advocating for educational rights, the NCLD works to help people with learning disabilities in school, work and life.

Attention Deficit Disorder Organization (ADDA) - This international organization has been providing information, resources and networking opportunities to adults with ADHD since 1989.

American Medical Association (AMA) - This professional organization for doctors is dedicated to the art and science of medicine and promoting public health.

CHADD.org - Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) is a national nonprofit organization that provides advocacy and support for people with ADHD.

NIMH.NIH.gov - The National Institute of Mental Health provides useful information about ADHD in children, adolescents and adults.

Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA) - LDA is one of the largest nonprofit volunteer organizations advocating for individuals with learning disabilities.

ADDitude Magazine - Stay on top of the latest information about ADHD in children, adolescents and adults.

The Mayo Clinic - The Mayo Clinic is dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of virtually every type of complex illness, including ADHD.

CONCERTA® is a prescription product approved for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) as part of a total treatment program that may include counseling or other therapies.

Talk to your healthcare professional for a proper diagnosis and treatment of ADHD. Only a healthcare professional can decide whether medication is right for you or your child.

Abuse of methylphenidate may lead to dependence. Tell your healthcare professional if you or your child has had problems with alcohol or drugs. Keep CONCERTA® in a safe place to prevent misuse and abuse.

CONCERTA® should not be taken by patients who have: allergies to methylphenidate or other ingredients in CONCERTA®; significant anxiety, tension, or agitation; glaucoma; tics, Tourette's syndrome, or family history of Tourette's syndrome; current or past use of monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI); esophagus, stomach, or intestinal narrowing. Children under 6 years of age should not take CONCERTA®.

Tell your healthcare professional if you or your child has had any heart problems, heart defects, high blood pressure, or a family history of these problems; has had depression, abnormal thoughts or visions, bipolar disorder, or seizure. Tell your doctor if you have or your child has numbness, pain, skin color change or sensitivity to temperature in fingers or toes. Contact your healthcare professional immediately if you or your child: develops abnormal thinking or hallucinations, abnormal or extreme moods and/or excessive activity; or if aggressive behavior or hostility develops or worsens while taking CONCERTA®. Painful and prolonged erections (priapism) have occurred with methylphenidate. If you or your child develop priapism, seek medical help right away. Because of the potential for lasting damage, priapism should be evaluated by a doctor immediately. Your child's healthcare professional should check height and weight often and may interrupt CONCERTA® treatment if your child is not growing or gaining weight as expected.

Stimulants may impair the ability of the patient to operate potentially hazardous machinery or vehicles. Caution should be used accordingly until you are reasonably certain that CONCERTA® does not adversely affect your ability to engage in such activities.

The most common adverse reaction in double-blind clinical trials (>5%) reported in children and adolescents was upper abdominal pain. The most common adverse reactions in double-blind clinical trials (>5%) in adult patients were decreased appetite, headache, dry mouth, nausea, insomnia, anxiety, dizziness, weight decreased, irritability, and hyperhidrosis.

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