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I am a 46 year old mom of 4 and have been unable to focus on one thing but instead feel bombarded by everything. This caused me to waste a lot of time during the day just look…ing around trying to figure out where to start and what I should be doing. I have only been taking Wellbutrin XL 150 for 5 or 6 days and I suddenly began to start doing things I had just walked by before. It's like I don't have chains on my brain anymore. I don't feel anxious when I look at a large mess that needs to be handled. It used to give me a panicked feeling because I didn't know how to handle it because all I saw was the big picture and unable to separate it into parts. I am noticing things and cleaning out cabinets and such without really planning to. Just seeing that it needs to be done and doing it. This is a pleasant surprise as I just wanted something to take the anxious feeling away. Hope this helps. I am not an expert on wellburitin. but from what i do know about adult adhd, if that's what you have. i started with adderal, 30mg twice daily. i just wanted to stay awake. but after about 1 month , the initial affect, at least with me, wears off. and it caused dextermental effects for me. it did'NT work any more. I'm also 47 years old. if it does have an amphetamine in it , please stay away...Belive me....
The most common medications used to treat ADHD are drugs belonging to a category of drugs called psychostimulants. These drugs include amphetamines such as Adderall (mixed… amphetamine salts), Adderall XR (mixed amphetamine salts extended-release), Desoxyn (methamphetamine), Dexedrine (dextroamphetamine), Dexedrine Spansules (dextroamphetamine), and Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine). Many other stimulants contain methylphenidate, including drugs such as Ritalin, Methylin, Concerta, Metadate, Daytrana (methylphenidate transdermal). Focalin (dexmethylphenidate) and Focalin XR (dexmethylphenidate extended-release) are, simply put, simply more potent forms of methylphenidate also used for ADHD. Amphetamines work by increasing levels of the monoamines dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin. Methylphenidate and dexmethylphenidate have no clinically significant effect on serotonin. By increasing extra cellular concentrations of monoamines there is increased receptor binding leading to enhanced cellular communication. For the most part the areas of the brain that are most stimulated are the under active areas that control impulse (and other things). As a result the under active areas "wake up" and are better able to control impulse and concentration. Strattera (atomoxetine) is a non-stimulant FDA approved for ADHD typically used in people who fail to properly respond to stimulants, for people with substance abuse problems, and some doctors used Strattera as a first time treatment despite the fact Strattera is not nearly as effective as stimulants. Strattera is a norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor, more similar to antidepressants than other FDA approved ADHD medication. Strattera acts by inhibiting the norepinephrine transporter (NET), preventing norepinephrine from going back into the pre-synaptic cell which increased receptor binding. The drugs Catapres (clonidine) and Tenex (guanfacine) are also popular and can be taken alone or more commonly taken with a stimulant. These drugs also reduce side effects like insomnia. The FDA has recently approved Intuniv (guanfacine extended-release) and Kapvay (clonidine extended-release) for ADHD, particularly when taken with a stimulant. Off label medication are sometimes used including the antidepressant Wellbutrin (bupropion), and the "wake promoting agents" Provigil, Alertec (modafinil) and Nuvigil (armodafanil). Typically these drugs are only used when traditional stimulants fail or are added to stimulants. There are a number of other drugs that may be used depending on the severity and symptoms of the ADHD. Tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs) including Tofranil (imipramine), Norpramin (desipramine), and Aventyl, Pamelor (nortriptyline) have some evidence they are useful for ADHD. There is no "best" drug as each drug works differently with each individual. In some cases, medication is not effective for unknown reasons but 70-90% of people do respond to medication. As always talk to your doctor about treatment.
The decision to give medication to your child is a very personal decision that you should make with your healthcare professional. Your doctor's opinion, your own opinion, and …your child's opinion should all be considered and weighed from benefits and cons.
The same medications used to treat childhood ADHD are used in adults. The most commonly prescribed treatment are a type of drugs called pscyhostimulants which include Ritalin …and Adderall. Please see related question.
Wellbutrin is frequently used in the treatment of ADHD and in my experience working in the mental health field, is typically one of the first medications prescribed for …ADHD (Strattera is typically tried first) if someone has a history of addictions.
Yes; stimulants are the most tested and clinically effective medication option for ADHD. The best treatment for ADHD includes medication, counseling, and lifestyle changes.
The most common medications used to treat ADHD include stimulants. Rarely, stimulants are used for treatment resistant depression. There are also off-label drugs such as Wellb…utrin that are used off-label to treat ADHD and are proven effective for depression. In some cases, depression that occurs with ADHD may be caused by poor treatment for the symptoms of ADHD. Also, some doctors will prescribe two separate drugs (one for ADHD and one for depression). Please see related question.
Yes; Venlafaxine has been prescribed off-label to help treat ADHD with symptoms of depression and/or anxiety as it belongs to a class of drugs known as SNRI's (serotonin-norep…inephrine reuptake inhibitors). The drugs action on norepinephrine is believed to contribute to the positive effects it exhibits for individuals with ADHD. Norepinephrine is believed to play a role in ADHD and focus; thus the drug increases the chemical in the brain by preventing the brain and helps some patients with ADHD.
No antidepressant has been approved to treat ADHD; however, bupropion (brand name Wellbutrin) has shown some benefit in studies for adults with ADHD.
There is no best medication for ADHD because individual results will vary. Some respond to stimulants, while others respond to non-stimulants, and some do not respond to drugs…. See related questions.
The controversy surrounds the most common group of drugs used to treat ADHD, psychostimulants. Psychostimulants can be addictive and abused, and some groups have feared the un…known side effects they may have. However, most medical research has shown that treating a person who has ADHD with stimulants lowers their risk of drug abuse. There is also controversy of the legimitacy of ADHD diagnoses. Some believe it is over-diagnosed while others believe that doctors are just more informed and able to recognize it.
No; there is no current existing ADHD medication that has been tested in children under the age of six or approved for use. However, your decision to medicate your child is …a choice you should make with your healthcare professional.
The attached link has a complete list for you. Most drugs used on ADHD children are also used on adults but with different dosages and sometimes different formulas. See link b…elow. If you or someone you know needs to be treated for ADHD there should be an added benefit to treatment of personal help for organization and behavior modification by a counselor or social worker. Ask the doctor for this type of help too.
No; Paxil is brand-name paroextine and is used to treat depression and anxiety disorders. Paroxetine has shown no benefit in treating ADHD, however it is sometimes prescribed …in addition to another medication used to treat ADHD if depression exists. In some cases, depression can cause lack of focus with is unrelated to having ADHD; taking Paxil can cause a person who was previously depressed to be able to focus.
No sweetie, it isn't. Talk to your Doctor about it. Take care.