Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by the presence of impairing levels of inattention, disorganization and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity.
Symptoms that suggest ADHD include hyperactivity, acting without thinking, inattention/daydreaming, fidgety, restless, excessive talking, aggressive behavior, academic underachievement, disorganized and has difficulty in completing tasks.
Initially, monitor on a monthly basis until consistent optimal response is noted
Then every 3 months in the 1st year of treatment
Subsequent follow-up will depend on patient’s response, adherence to treatment strategy, presence of associated conditions
Recommended is at least 2 times a year
Monitor treatment outcomes and adverse effects (cardiovascular effects, development of tics or seizures, sexual dysfunction, changes in sleep pattern, worsening behavior, stimulant misuse and diversion) by gathering information from parents, teachers and the child