We aimed to clarify the prescription trend of ADHD drugs in Japanese pediatric outpatients. From January 2012 to December 2018, we evaluated the trends of prescribing methylphenidate-osmotic-controlled release oral delivery system (OROS), atomoxetine, and guanfacine as monotherapy. In boys, methylphenidate-OROS and atomoxetine prescriptions decreased from 46.5 % to 37.2 % and 18.6 % to 15.6 %, respectively. Prescriptions of guanfacine increased from 0.0 % to 12.3 %. In girls, the methylphenidate-OROS prescriptions was not significantly different (37.0 % to 26.4 %); however, atomoxetine decreased from 23.1 % to 16.3 %, and guanfacine increased from 0.0 % to 12.8 %. Methylphenidate-OROS and atomoxetine prescriptions changed to guanfacine between 2012 and 2018.
- Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Psychiatry and Mental health