Effects of stimulants and atomoxetine on cortisol levels in children with ADHD

Department of Neuroscience, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Unit, Uppsala University, Sweden. Electronic address: .
Psychiatry research 07/2013; 209(3). DOI: 10.1016/j.psychres.2013.06.011
Source: PubMed


Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have lower diurnal cortisol levels than non-ADHD-comparisons. Aiming at elucidating effects of ADHD-medication we investigated saliva cortisol in children with ADHD: 20 without medication, 147 on methylphenidate, and 21 on atomoxetine. The only significant finding was that children on atomoxetine had higher cortisol levels at bedtime than non-medicated.

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