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The side effects to stimulant medications are common. These effects include dry mouth, loss of appetite, weight loss, sleep issues, and mood swings. Many of these effects are dose related. In the longer-acting medications, these effects are reduced, though not eliminated. There are also fears about long term effects on the brain and the cardiovascular system but to date, the long-term studies have been inconclusive or flawed. We wait for further information. Generally, with proper usage, these medications are considered safe and effective. Nevertheless, caution must be taken in the use of these medications.