My nephew was born with only one kidney and has ADD but his mother drilled it into his head that taking any type of medication such as Adderall to help him would not be good and could affect the one kidney he has left. I know there has to be some type of alternative. Can you tell me what kind of medication my nephew could possibly take to assist him with the ADD and not affect his kidney?

I am not familiar with the general treatment of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD).  Drugs such as Adderall (dextroamphetamine) can cause an increase in blood pressure which could cause some kidney damage, but these drugs do not generally cause any direct kidney toxicity.  Most physicians will consider the presence of a single kidney and reduced kidney function in the dosing of drugs used to treat any disease including ADD.

 

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