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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Children and Adolescent Pharmacology

Author: Abimbola Farinde, PhD, PharmD and Dana Bartlett, RN, BSN, MSN, MA, CSPI

CE: 3 hours Pharmacology: 3 hours
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Course Summary

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common childhood disorder. It is a behavioral, cognitive, and emotional disorder that is characterized by hyperactivity, impulsiveness, and inattentiveness. The signs and symptoms of ADHD can cause significant difficulties in a patient’s  social, academic, or occupational life. Pharmacotherapy is the primary treatment for children older than 6 years of age who have ADHD. The drugs commonly used to treat ADHD are stimulants such as amphetamines (lisdexamfetamine) and central nervous system stimulants (methylphenidate), as well as non-stimulant drugs such as atomoxetine, guanfacine, and clonidine.

Course Format

Homestudy

Course Syllabus

I.        Introduction
II.       ADHD Prevalence and Diagnosis
III.      Pharmacological Treatments for ADHD
IV.      Atomoxetine
1.        Pharmacokinetics
2.        Labeled Use
3.        Available Forms
4.        Dosing and Administration
5.        US Boxed Warning
6.        Contraindications
7.        Adverse Effects
8.        Warning and Precautions
9.        Drug-Drug Interactions
10.      Clinical Pearls: Atomoxetine
V.      Clonidine
1.        Pharmacokinetics
2.        Labeled Use
3.        Dosing and Administration
4.        Available Forms
5.        Contraindications
6.        Adverse Effects
7.        Warnings and Precautions
8.        Drug-Drug Interactions
9.        Clinical Pearls: Clonidine
 VI.    Guanfacine
1.        Pharmacokinetics
2.        Available Forms
3.        Labeled Use
4.        Dosing and Administration
5.        Contraindications
6.        Adverse Effects
7.        Warnings and Precautions
8.        Drug-Drug Interactions
9.        Clinical Pearls: Guanfacine
VII.    Methylphenidate
1.        Pharmacokinetics
2.        Dosing and Administration
3.        Contraindications
4.        Adverse Effects
5.        Warnings and Precautions
6.        Drug Interactions
7.        Clinical Pearls: Methylphenidate
VIII.   Amphetamine
1.        Pharmacokinetics
2.        Labeled Use
3.        Available Forms
4.        Dosing and Administration
5.        US Boxed Warning
6.        Contraindications
7.        Adverse Reactions
8.        Warnings and Precautions
9.        Drug Interactions
10.      Clinical Pearls: Amphetamines
IX.    Clinical Issues of Pharmacotherapy
1.        Pharmacokinetic Profile
2.        Patient Evaluation
3.        Cardiovascular Evaluation
4.        Monitoring of Drug Therapy
X.    Patient Education
1.        Adverse Effects
2.        Adherence
XI.    Case Study: ADHD or Sluggish Cognitive Tempo?
XII.   Summary

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