Considerations for ADHD in the child with epilepsy and the child with migraine

Jennifer Downs, Julianne Giust, David Dunn

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Introduction: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a common comorbid condition in children with epilepsy and migraine. Treatment of ADHD in children with epilepsy or migraine is essential but clinicians may overlook symptoms of ADHD and avoid appropriate use of medications that may reduce symptoms of ADHD without compromising treatment of epilepsy or migraine. Areas covered: PubMed was searched for articles on ADHD and epilepsy or migraine. Key papers were reviewed for additional articles. Areas of interest were: epidemiology, etiological factors, and treatment with emphasis on therapy. Expert commentary: Stimulant medication, especially methylphenidate, appears to be safe and effective in the treatment of ADHD in children with epilepsy or migraine. Unfortunately, data is limited with very few controlled trials of methylphenidate and very limited information on the use of amphetamines or non-stimulant drugs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)861-869
Number of pages9
JournalExpert Review of Neurotherapeutics
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2 2017


  • ADHD
  • epilepsy in children
  • migraine in children
  • non-stimulant medications for ADHD
  • stimulant medications

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Pharmacology (medical)

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