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Invited Commentary
August 2017

Efficacy of Stimulants Beyond Treatment of Core Symptoms of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

Author Affiliations
  • 1ADHD Outpatient Program, Hospital de Clinicas de Porto Alegre, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil
JAMA Psychiatry. 2017;74(8):822-823. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2017.1423

Although the use of stimulants continues to increase in all age groups in the United States,1 an important debate has emerged in the last 2 years about how effective stimulants are for treating attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). For some investigators, the main message in the literature is clear: the quality of evidence from randomized clinical trials on the efficacy of stimulants is poor.2 For others, the problem is in the meta-analysis from which these conclusions were taken.3

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