Which assessments are useful in monitoring for adverse effects of medications used to treat pediatric attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)?

Updated: Sep 09, 2021
  • Author: Maggie A Wilkes, MD; Chief Editor: Caroly Pataki, MD  more...
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The following should be included at onset of medication use and periodically to assess for medication-related negative effects:

  • Vital signs

    • Height

    • Weight

    • Blood pressure

    • Pulse

  • General appearance

    • Fidgeting

    • Impulse control

    • State of arousal

  • Mental status examination

    • Affect

    • Cognition

    • Speech patterns

    • Thought patterns

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