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In pediatric patients with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), treatment with dasotraline 4 mg/day was effective in treating a range of ADHD-related symptoms and behaviors, according to research presented at the 2018 American Psychiatric Association (APA) Annual Meeting, held May 5 to 9, 2018, in New York City.

A post hoc analysis of a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study assessed changes in ADHD symptoms and behaviors in pediatric patients (aged 6-12 years) who were diagnosed with ADHD and randomly assigned to receive either dasotraline (2 mg/day or 4 mg/day) or placebo.

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ADHD symptoms and behaviors were assessed using 18 items from the ADHD Rating Scale Version IV-Home Version (ADHD RS-IV HV) at week 6.

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At the week 6 follow-up, treatment with dasotraline was associated with a statistically significant improvement in ADHD RS-IV HV scores for the 4 mg/day dose (−17.5 vs −11.4; P <.0001), but not for the 2 mg/day dose (−11.8 vs −11.4). Of 18 symptoms and behaviors, 14 were significantly improved by week 6 on the 4 mg/day dose.

In children with ADHD, a 6-week treatment of dasotraline 4 mg/day, but not treatment with 2 mg/day, led to significant improvements in ADHD-associated symptoms and behaviors.

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Goldman R, Pikalov A, Deng L, Loebel AD. Improvement in ADHD-related symptoms and behaviors in children with ADHD treated with dasotraline: results of a post hoc ADHD-RS-IV item analysis. Presented at: 2018 American Psychiatric Association (APA) Annual Meeting; New York, NY; May 5-9. Poster 194.