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Modafinil improves symptoms of ADHD compared with placebo in young people

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Q Is modafinil an effective treatment for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in young people?


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Multicentre randomised controlled trial.

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Double blind.

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9 weeks.

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24 sites in the USA. Recruitment: November 2003 to June 2004.

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246 young people (aged 6–17 years) with moderate or worse ADHD (Clinical Global Impression of Severity of Illness (CGI-S) rating ⩾4); above normal score on ADHD Rating Scale-IV (ADHD-RS-IV) School Version (⩾1.5 SD above age and gender norms; IQ ⩾80 (Wechsler Intelligence Scale). Exclusions: previous or current significant psychiatric disorder or active clinical comorbidities; current successfully managed ADHD; ADHD non-responsive to at least two previous treatments with stimulant …

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  • For correspondence: Dr Joseph Biederman, Pediatric Psychopharmacology Research Unit, Massachusetts General Hospital, Yawkey Center for Outpatient Care, Boston, MA 02114, USA; jbiederman{at}

  • Source of funding: Cephalon, Inc.