Pharmacotherapy of ADHD in Adults With Autism Spectrum Disorder: Effectiveness and Side Effects
SourceJournal of Attention Disorders, 24, 2, (2020), pp. 215-225
Article / Letter to editor
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Journal of Attention Disorders
SubjectRadboudumc 0: Other Research DCMN: Donders Center for Medical Neuroscience
Objective: Symptoms of ADHD are expected to be more difficult to treat in patients with a combination of ADHD and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) as opposed to only ADHD. Little evidence is available on the influence of ASD on the effects of pharmacotherapy in adults with ADHD. This study addresses this gap. Method: 60 adults with ADHD and comorbid ASD were selected from an outpatient clinic and compared with 226 adults from the same clinic with only ADHD. Similar treatment regimens were received. Results: Significant decreases in symptoms of ADHD were found in both groups. A diagnosis of ASD did not affect the reduction in symptoms of ADHD. No significant group differences in side effects or vital signs were found. Conclusion: Results show that medication for ADHD can effectively and safely be prescribed to patients with ADHD and comorbid ASD. Suggestions for future research are discussed.
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