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How does nicotine affect those with ADHD?


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April 21, 2010 7:26PM

Individuals with ADHD suffer from bad impulses, poor concentration, and have a hard time remaining still. Nicotine is stimulant like most ADHD medications. In fact, research has proven that individuals with ADHD more likely to try smoking at a younger age and more likely to transition into a full-time smoker. Nicotine like amphetamine (Dexedrine, Adderall) or methylphenidate (Concerta, Ritalin) causes a release of dopamine and reduces the breakdown of other neurotransmitters in the brain. This causes nicotine to be more rewarding to those with ADHD due to its calming effects.