Chapter 15 Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Q&A (1 of 30) Sample Questions
1. A mother of a 10-year-old boy comes to the pharmacy to fill a prescription of Ritalin. She asked if this medicine is safe for his son. She is concerned about the addiction her son may develop from using the drug. What should the pharmacist say?
- A. Drug is safe, it has no addiction.
- B. Drug has been prescribed for many years. Children have used this medication for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and would less likely have addiction in the future.
- C. Every drug has side effects and the doctor prescribed this using the risk and benefit ratio.
- D. Take with food to reduce addiction.
Tips: Some clinicians may have concerns about the risk of substance abuse in patients with ADHD who are treated with stimulants. A diagnosis of ADHD is a risk factor for substance use disorder and smoking dependence. One meta-analysis indicated that children with ADHD who were treated with stimulants had a lower risk of substance-use disorders (drug and alcohol) later in life when compared with those who were untreated.