October 24, 2016
SAN FRANCISCO — When considering medication for children and adolescents with ADHD, depression and anxiety, PCPs should start with a low dose of a long-acting drug, and then gradually increase as needed, according to data presented at the 2016 AAP National Conference & Exhibition.
“I often tell families, ‘We’re going to start so low that you may not even know that it’s working,’” Rebecca Baum, MD, FAAP, a clinical associate professor of pediatrics at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, in Gahanna, Ohio, said. “But that’s OK, because we’re going to increase it, but we want to get to the point where we’re minimizing side effects, and maximizing treatment benefits. So, start low, titrate, usually starting with long-acting medications.”