When to suspect ADHD

Learn some of the signs and symptoms of ADHD

Most people with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are diagnosed at a young age…

…typically when they start to have problems with ADHD at school. They have difficulty paying attention or following directions, which makes it hard for them to perform in environments that require long periods of sitting still and focusing on a topic.1

Some signs of ADHD in children include2,3:

  • Daydreaming, forgetting, or losing things a lot
  • Not sticking with 1 activity long enough to finish
  • Not being able to sit still; running around often
  • Talking too much and interrupting a lot
  • Making careless mistakes; taking too many risks
  • Having trouble taking turns
  • Touching and playing with everything they see
  • Blurting out answers

Many parents with children who have ADHD describe them as a “whirlwind,” or like their “motor is always on.” Because their symptoms make it so hard for them to focus and learn, these children may have developmental delays that result in them acting younger than their age.4

Symptoms of ADHD can change over time as the child gets older

Unlike younger children, teens with ADHD don’t have as many problems with hyperactivity. Instead, ADHD symptoms in teens can include5:

  • Trouble staying on top of homework
  • Being easily distracted
  • Irritability
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Impulsivity

ADHD in girls may be more subtle

Girls with ADHD may struggle scholastically and socially. But because ADHD symptoms in girls are more likely to be predominantly inattentive type rather than hyperactivity/impulsivity type, ADHD may not be suspected.6

Girls are less likely than boys to have6:

  • Behavior issues
  • School problems
  • Learning disabilities

Girls also may develop coping techniques to deal with their symptoms, which could make ADHD hard to spot.That’s why it’s important to be alert for signs of persistent inattentiveness and seek an evaluation from a healthcare provider qualified to diagnosis ADHD.

References: 1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Facts about ADHD. http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/adhd/facts.html. Accessed May 23, 2016. 2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. ADHD Fact Sheet. http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/adhd/documents/adhdfactsheetenglish.pdf. Accessed May 23, 2016. 3. National Institute of Mental Health. Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-easy-to-read/complete_34434.pdf. Accessed May 23, 2016. 4. National Resource Center on ADHD: A program of CHADD. What we know 1. The disorder named ADHD. http://www.help4adhd.org/. Updated February 2008. Accessed May 23, 2016. 5. WebMD. ADHD in Teens. http://www.webmd.com/add-adhd/childhood-adhd/adhd-teens. Updated August 8, 2014. Accessed May 23, 2016. 6. Biederman J, Mick E, Faraone SV, et al. Influence of gender on attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder in children referred to a psychiatric clinic. Am J Psychiatry. 2002;159(1):136-142. 7. Quinn PO, Madhoo M. A review of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in women and girls: uncovering this hidden diagnosis. Prim Care Companion CNS Disord. 2014;16(3):PCC.13r01596.


Evekeo (amphetamine sulfate tablets, USP) is a federally controlled substance (CII) with a high risk of abuse or dependence. Keep in a safe place to prevent misuse and abuse. Selling or sharing Evekeo may harm others and is illegal.


Evekeo® (amphetamine sulfate tablets, USP) is a prescription medicine for the treatment of narcolepsy, attention deficit disorder with hyperactivity as an integral part of a total treatment program and exogenous obesity as a short term adjunct in a regimen of weight reduction.


Evekeo (amphetamine sulfate tablets, USP) is a federally controlled substance (CII) with a high risk of abuse or dependence. Keep in a safe place to prevent misuse and abuse. Selling or sharing Evekeo may harm others and is illegal.

Do not take Evekeo if you or your child:

  • has a history of advanced heart disease or hardening of the arteries, moderate to severe high blood pressure, hyperthyroidism, known hypersensitivity or other serious cardiac problems that may place you or your child at increased vulnerability to the sympathomimetic effects of a stimulant drug
  • is very anxious, tense or agitated
  • has a history of drug abuse
  • is taking or has taken within the past 14 days an anti-depression medicine called a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI)
  • is sensitive to, allergic to, or had a reaction to other stimulant medicines

Warnings and Precautions

Serious heart problems can occur when taking stimulant medicines, such as Evekeo, and can include:

  • sudden death in people who have heart problems or heart defects
  • sudden death, stroke and heart attack in adults
  • increased blood pressure and heart rate

Tell your doctor if you or your child has any heart problems including heart defects, abnormal heart rhythm, high blood pressure, disease known as cardiomyopathy, coronary artery disease, or a family history of these problems or sudden cardiac death. Call your 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 Evekeo.

Mental (psychiatric) problems can occur including:

  • new or worse behavior and thought problems
  • new or worse bipolar illness
  • new or worse aggressive behavior or hostility

New aggressive behavior or psychotic symptoms can occur in children and teenagers such as:

  • seeing things or hearing voices
  • believing things that are not true
  • being suspicious
  • new manic problems

Tell your doctor about any drug abuse, alcohol abuse or mental problems that you or your child has had or about a family history of suicide, bipolar illness or depression, new or worsening aggressive behavior or hostility. Call your doctor right away if you or your child has any new or worsening mental symptoms while taking Evekeo.

Circulation problems in fingers and toes:

  • fingers or toes may feel numb, cool, painful
  • fingers or toes may change color from pale, to blue, to red

Tell your doctor if you or your child has any numbness, pain, color change, or sensitivity to temperature in your fingers and toes or a family history of health conditions including circulation problems in fingers and toes. Call your doctor right away if you or your child has any signs of unexplained wounds appearing on fingers and toes while taking Evekeo.

Evekeo may cause serious side effects including:

  • slowing of growth (height and weight) in children, seizures, eyesight changes or blurred vision, and serotonin syndrome. Serotonin syndrome can be life threatening and happens when Evekeo is taken with certain medicines. Symptoms include agitation, hallucinations, coma or other changes in mental status, problems controlling your movements or muscle twitching, fast heartbeat, high or low blood pressure, sweating or fever, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, and muscle stiffness or tightness

The most common side effects reported with Evekeo include:

  • headache, stomach ache, trouble sleeping, decreased appetite, unpleasant taste, nervousness, dizziness, sexual problems (impotence in males), vomiting, itching, diarrhea or constipation, dry mouth, weight loss, and mood swings

Talk to your doctor if you or your child have side effects that are bothersome or do not go away, if you or your child is pregnant, plan on becoming pregnant, or are breast-feeding, about all health conditions (or a family history of), and about the medicines you or your child take. Your doctor will decide whether Evekeo can be taken with other medicines and if Evekeo is right for your child.

For additional safety information, consult the Evekeo full Prescribing Information and Medication Guide.

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.