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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a treatable medical condition affecting approximately 10 million adults (4.4%) and approximately 6 million children (11%) nationwide.

ADHD stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Some people call it ADD, but ADHD is the correct name for it. There are three core symptoms of ADHD: 1) Inattention; 2) Impulsivity; 3) Hyperactivity.

ADHD in children

Any child can have moments of being inattentive, impulsive, or hyperactive. Children with ADHD, however, experience combinations of these symptoms repeatedly and in a way that is severe enough to have an impact at home, school, or in social situations. Behaviors exhibited by the child may not seem appropriate for his or her age.

At Home

At School

Social Situations

For a healthcare professional to diagnose and treat ADHD, a persistent pattern of symptoms (6 or more symptoms of inattentiveness and 6 or more symptoms of hyperactivity or impulsivity) must be present for at least 6 months in 2 or more settings (eg, home, school, with friends), and clearly interfere with social and academic functioning. In addition, symptoms must also have been present before the age of 12 and not be better explained by another mental disorder.


Symptoms in CHILDREN

There are 3 core symptoms of ADHD: inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity. The following are examples of how ADHD symptoms may appear in children.

SYMPTOMS

Symptoms of Inattention
1. Often has poor attention to detail/makes careless mistakes
Example: Has difficulty on written tests or problem solving; repeats the same mistakes on similar assignments.
2. Often unable to maintain attention
Example: Difficulty remaining focused during classroom lectures, conversations, or lengthy reading.
3. Often inattentive when being spoken to or when listening to others
Example: Loses focus when being spoken to directly, mind seems elsewhere even in the absence of any obvious distraction.
4. Often does not follow through on instructions
Example: Starts tasks quickly, but loses focus and is easily sidetracked.
5. Often has difficulty organizing tasks and activities
Example: Often has difficulty managing tasks or keeping materials in their proper order; has messy or disorganized work; and difficulty managing or completing tasks on a time schedule.
6. Often avoids tasks that involve a lot of mental effort
Example: Dislikes taking quizzes and tests; dislikes tasks like schoolwork and homework.
7. Often loses things required for activities
Example: Forgets homework assignments, books, notes from teachers; loses personal items: backpack, books, mobile phone and schoolwork.
8. Often easily distracted by external events
Example: Inability to focus due to the activities of other children; distracted by environmental sounds such as conversations, television, mobile device alerts.
9. Often forgetful in daily activities
Example: Frequently forgets routine activities, chores or errands.
Symptoms of Hyperactivity and Impulsivity
1. Often fidgets/squirms
Example: Constant and impulsive movement; fidgeting, hand and foot tapping, and squirming in seat.
2. Often has difficulty staying seated
Example: Inability to sit at desk or work area in situations that typically require one to remain seated.
3. Often runs or climbs in inappropriate situations
Example: Frequently plays in places not designed for play, such as classrooms, cafeterias, common areas, waiting rooms, and areas of the home not intended for play.
4. Often has trouble working/playing quietly
Example: Frequently makes inappropriate outbursts during quiet times; unable to focus or sit still for duration of assignment.
5. Often "on the go" as if "driven by a motor"
Example: Impulsively driven, feels need to move around; unable to sit still comfortably for extended periods, such as class times, meals, or in public.
6. Often talks excessively
Example: Talks excessively to others and even to self at school and home, and distracting others.
7. Often blurts out
Example: Impulsively blurts out answers out of turn or before the question is completed; interrupts teachers and family members; completes other's sentences.
8. Often has difficulty waiting for turn
Example: Has difficulty waiting in lines or waiting for turn in activities in class, in public, or at home.
9. Often interrupts or intrudes on others
Example: Interrupts activities such as conversations and games; uses others' possessions without permission; intrudes on others' personal space, and private activities or conversations.

An ADHD diagnosis should be based on a complete history and only a healthcare professional can accurately diagnose you or your child with ADHD.


If you think your child has ADHD, schedule an appointment with a healthcare professional, and ask your doctor if Adzenys XR-ORT is right for your child. Be sure to read the Discussion Guide.

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Important Safety Information
Adzenys XR-ODT is a federally controlled substance (CII) because it can be abused or lead to dependence. Keep Adzenys XR-ODT in a safe place to prevent misuse and abuse. Selling or giving away Adzenys XR-ODT may harm others and is against the law.
Tell your doctor if you or your child has ever abused or been dependent on alcohol, prescription medicines, or street drugs.
Who should not take Adzenys XR-ODT?
Do not take Adzenys XR-ODT if you or your child is:
  • allergic to amphetamine or any ingredients in Adzenys XR-ODT.
  • taking or has taken an anti-depression medicine called monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) within the past 14 days.
Adzenys XR-ODT is a stimulant medicine. Tell your doctor about health conditions, including if:
  • you or your child has any heart problems, heart defects, high blood pressure, or a family history of these problems. This is important because sudden death has occurred in people with heart problems or defects, and sudden death, stroke and heart attack have happened in adults. Your doctor should check for heart problems prior to prescribing Adzenys XR-ODT and will check you or your child's blood pressure and heart rate during treatment. Call the doctor right away if you or your child has any signs of heart problems such as chest pain, shortness of breath, or fainting while taking Adzenys XR-ODT.
  • you or your child has mental problems, or a family history of suicide, bipolar illness, or depression. This is important because the following could occur: new or worse behavior and thought problems, new or worse bipolar illness, new psychotic symptoms (hearing voices, believing things that are not true, are suspicious) or new manic symptoms. Call the doctor right away if there are any new or worsening mental symptoms during treatment.
  • you or your child has circulation problems in fingers and toes (peripheral vasculopathy, including Raynaud's phenomenon). Fingers or toes may feel numb, cool, painful, sensitive to temperature and/or change color from pale, to blue, to red. Call the doctor right away if any signs of unexplained wounds appear on fingers or toes while taking Adzenys XR-ODT.
  • your child is having slowing of growth (height and weight). Your child should have his or her height and weight checked often while taking Adzenys XR-ODT. The doctor may stop treatment if a problem is found during these check-ups.
  • you or your child has kidney problems. Your doctor may lower the dose.
  • you or your child is, or plans to become pregnant.
  • you or your child is breastfeeding, or plans to breastfeed. You should not breastfeed while taking Adzenys XR-ODT.
  • you or your child takes any medicines, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Adzenys XR-ODT and some medicines may interact with each other and cause serious side effects.

Do not start any new medicine while taking Adzenys XR-ODT without talking to your doctor first.

What should I avoid while taking Adzenys XR-ODT?
  • drinking alcohol
Common side effects of Adzenys XR-ODT include:
  • Decreased appetite and problems sleeping.
  • Children 6 - 12 Years also include: Stomach pain, extreme mood change, vomiting, nervousness, nausea, and fever.
  • Children 13 - 17 Years also include: Stomach pain and weight loss.
  • Adults also include: Dry mouth, headache, weight loss, nausea, anxiety, restlessness, dizziness, fast heart beat, diarrhea, weakness, and urinary tract infections.

These are not all the possible side effects of Adzenys XR-ODT. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

What is Adzenys XR-ODT?
Adzenys XR-ODT is a prescription medicine used for the treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in patients 6 years and above.

For additional safety information, click here for Prescribing Information and Medication Guide and discuss with your doctor.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

Adzenys XR-ODT is a federally controlled substance (CII) because it can be abused or lead to dependence. Keep Adzenys XR-ODT in a safe place to prevent misuse and abuse. Selling or giving away Adzenys XR-ODT may harm others and is against the law.
Tell your doctor if you or your child has ever abused or been dependent on alcohol, prescription medicines, or street drugs.
Who should not take Adzenys XR-ODT?
Do not take Adzenys XR-ODT if you or your child is:
  • allergic to amphetamine or any ingredients in Adzenys XR-ODT.
  • taking or has taken an anti-depression medicine called monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) within the past 14 days.
Adzenys XR-ODT is a stimulant medicine. Tell your doctor about health conditions, including if:
  • you or your child has any heart problems, heart defects, high blood pressure, or a family history of these problems. This is important because sudden death has occurred in people with heart problems or defects, and sudden death, stroke and heart attack have happened in adults. Your doctor should check for heart problems prior to prescribing Adzenys XR-ODT and will check you or your child's blood pressure and heart rate during treatment. Call the doctor right away if you or your child has any signs of heart problems such as chest pain, shortness of breath, or fainting while taking Adzenys XR-ODT.
  • you or your child has mental problems, or a family history of suicide, bipolar illness, or depression. This is important because the following could occur: new or worse behavior and thought problems, new or worse bipolar illness, new psychotic symptoms (hearing voices, believing things that are not true, are suspicious) or new manic symptoms. Call the doctor right away if there are any new or worsening mental symptoms during treatment.
  • you or your child has circulation problems in fingers and toes (peripheral vasculopathy, including Raynaud's phenomenon). Fingers or toes may feel numb, cool, painful, sensitive to temperature and/or change color from pale, to blue, to red. Call the doctor right away if any signs of unexplained wounds appear on fingers or toes while taking Adzenys XR-ODT.
  • your child is having slowing of growth (height and weight). Your child should have his or her height and weight checked often while taking Adzenys XR-ODT. The doctor may stop treatment if a problem is found during these check-ups.
  • you or your child has kidney problems. Your doctor may lower the dose.
  • you or your child is, or plans to become pregnant.
  • you or your child is breastfeeding, or plans to breastfeed. You should not breastfeed while taking Adzenys XR-ODT.
  • you or your child takes any medicines, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Adzenys XR-ODT and some medicines may interact with each other and cause serious side effects.

Do not start any new medicine while taking Adzenys XR-ODT without talking to your doctor first.

What should I avoid while taking Adzenys XR-ODT?
  • drinking alcohol
Common side effects of Adzenys XR-ODT include:
  • Decreased appetite and problems sleeping.
  • Children 6 - 12 Years also include: Stomach pain, extreme mood change, vomiting, nervousness, nausea, and fever.
  • Children 13 - 17 Years also include: Stomach pain and weight loss.
  • Adults also include: Dry mouth, headache, weight loss, nausea, anxiety, restlessness, dizziness, fast heart beat, diarrhea, weakness, and urinary tract infections.

These are not all the possible side effects of Adzenys XR-ODT. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

What is Adzenys XR-ODT?
Adzenys XR-ODT is a prescription medicine used for the treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in patients 6 years and above.

For additional safety information, click here for Prescribing Information and Medication Guide and discuss with your doctor.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.