Lisdexamfetamine Dimesylate for Preschool Children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

Lisdexamfetamine Dimesylate for Preschool Children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

Childress AC, Findling RL, Wu J, Kollins SH, Wang Y, Martin P, Robertson B.

J Child Adolesc Psychopharmacol. 2020 Apr;30(3):128-136.

doi: 10.1089/cap.2019.0117.

Commentary* by Dr. Margaret Weiss: Consistent with previous studies starting with the Preschool ADHD Treatment Study, treatment of preschool ADHD can be safe and effective, starting with very low doses.



Objectives: Describe the safety and tolerability of lisdexamfetamine dimesylate (LDX) and provide data on clinical effects for efficacy-related endpoints and pharmacokinetics in preschool-aged children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Methods: This phase 2, multicenter, open-label, dose-optimization study ( registry: NCT02402166) was conducted at seven U.S. sites between April 15, 2015, and June 30, 2016. Children (4-5 years of age) meeting Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition, Text Revision criteria for ADHD and having ADHD Rating Scale-IV Preschool version (ADHD-RS-IV-PS) total scores ≥28 (boys) or ≥24 (girls) were eligible. Open-label LDX (8-week duration) was initiated at 5 mg and titrated to 30 mg until achieving an optimal dose. Assessments included treatment-emergent adverse events (TEAEs), vital sign changes, ADHD-RS-IV-PS total score changes, and pharmacokinetic evaluations.

Results: Among 24 participants, the most frequently reported TEAE was decreased appetite (8/24; 33%). At week 8/early termination, mean (standard deviation) systolic and diastolic blood pressure and pulse changes from baseline were -1.1 (7.31) and 1.5 (6.93) mmHg and -0.8 (12.75) bpm, respectively. The mean (95% confidence interval) change from baseline ADHD-RS-IV-PS total score at the final on-treatment assessment was -26.1 (-32.2 to -20.0). Pharmacokinetic parameters of d-amphetamine, a major active metabolite of LDX, were characterized: d-amphetamine exposure increased with LDX dose; mean tmax and t1/2, respectively, ranged from 4.00 to 4.23 hours and 7.18 to 8.46 hours.

Conclusions: In preschool-aged children with ADHD, LDX was generally well tolerated and reduced ADHD symptoms, consistent with observations in children 6-17 years of age. Based on these findings, a starting LDX dose as low as 5 mg in phase 3 studies in preschool-aged children is supported.


* Abstracts are selected for their clinical relevance by Dr. Margaret Weiss, Director of Clinical Research, Child Psychiatry, Cambridge Health Alliance, Harvard University. Her commentary reflects her own opinion.  It is not approved or necessarily representative of the CADDRA board.



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