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What medications are used to treat ADHD?


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Answered 2015-02-13 13:33:42

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.

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simone Perry

2020-11-07 10:31:56

This combination medication is used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder – ADHD. It works by changing the amounts of certain natural substances in the brain. Amphetamine/dextroamphetamine belongs to a class of drugs known as stimulants.

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Cindy Board
Answered 2020-05-30 10:50:00

ADHD is a fake condition, it is NOT real! The drug companies had come up with a new drug and had no use for it. So they made this fake condition up! This drug they use really stops the person from being able to think as well! To Not think that they may need to get off of it!

Pray to God about this.

Get rid of that drug and any doctor that wants to admit it could be real! These so posit doctors that prescribe it, get lots of extra $$$$ each time they start another person on it!

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Anonymous

2020-06-05 05:49:39

Ms. Board, are you a psychiatrist, a medical doctor trained to treat mental illnesses? Do you have a PhD in psychology or mental health? Are you a nurse, a janitor, work in a funeral home that does makeup o people wo ave passed or are you a pyromaniac?
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Anonymous

2020-06-09 21:43:09

adhd is real...i have it, it affects me every day and i struggle with it, and no, i am not on medication.
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2020-06-11 14:01:53

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2020-06-11 14:03:07

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Anonymous

2020-10-08 20:20:06

You should be a stand up comedian! That made my laugh so hard
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kc_kendall_15

2020-12-09 17:43:24

I'm sorry to tell you this, but are you wrong. This is in fact a very real and very serious condition, as I have this disorder. 
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kc_kendall_15

2020-12-09 17:43:50

ADHD is not something that was made up by big pharma companies just so they could make money. 
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kc_kendall_15

2020-12-09 17:44:46

Provided your answer, you don't have this condition and you don't know anything about this condition because if you don't have a PhD and don't know anything about it, you shouldn't dis it because its very insulting to people who do have this condition.
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Kaitlynn Catania

2021-03-23 04:04:34

That is false information, adhd and add are very real, I have suffered from ADHD since I'm a child and I'm now 32 and still deal with it, it is not pleasant, you feel like you need to move constantly, I have a very hard time organizing, and so much more.

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Ivan Bazie
Answered 2021-04-10 13:50:28

TDAH traitement naturel : l’adoption d’une nouvelle mode de vie !

Naturel ? Qui dit « nature » pense forcément aux aliments et c’est bien ce que préconise certains médecins dans la prise en charge du TDAH. Dans la mesure où on ne peut encore le guérir, les expériences menées dans ce sens ont effectivement prouvé que la surconsommation de certains aliments pouvait exacerber les symptômes de ce trouble au même titre que la carence en d’autres éléments nutritionnels. Pour améliorer la vie de l’enfant hyperactif ainsi, l’approche la plus naturelle serait avant tout de lui proposer une alimentation saine et équilibrée, adaptée à son trouble !

Les aliments à proscrire

Si l’on se réfère aux nombreuses études et aux observations récentes des spécialistes, le lien entre le trouble déficitaire de l’attention avec ou sans hyperactivité et le taux de glycémie de l’enfant touché existe bel et bien, et cette relation est très étroite. Il a été prouvé en effet qu’une charge glycémique élevée influait sur le comportement des enfants.

L’expérience du sociologue Schoentaler l’a prouvé : en donnant à des adolescents incarcérés de la nourriture peu glycémique, il a réduire les agressions physiques à 82%, les vols à 77% et les comportements rebelles à 65%. Comment expliquer cela ? En réalité, c’est plus simple qu’il n’y paraît : lorsque l’enfant consomme du sucre, des sodas ou des fast foods, il y aura un pic glycémique, ce qui va entraîner une libération rapide de l’insuline. La baisse soudaine du taux de sucre ainsi provoquée va provoquer une augmentation de l’adrénaline qui va provoquer une hyperexcitation, une hyperstimulation et subséquemment, un comportement agressif.

Les aliments à prescrire

D’un autre côté, de nombreuses expériences menées ont abouti à la conclusion qu’une carence en certains éléments nutritifs pouvait multiplier par dix, voire plus, la manifestation des symptômes du TDAH. C’est le cas par exemple des Vitamines B qui, toujours selon l’expérience de Schoentaler, une fois administrée par l’alimentation chez les adolescents incarcérés, permettaient d’améliorer leur incapacité et diminuaient ainsi de manière significative la tendance à l’agressivité, à la violence et au vandalisme.

D’autres études ont montré de même qu’une carence en fer, en magnésium, en acides gras essentiels mais également en zinc et en Ginko Biloba pouvaient exciter les symptômes du TDAH et qu’un apport plus important en ces derniers pouvaient, à l’inverse, les alléger considérablement.

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Alain Kofi
Answered 2021-04-08 20:39:04

Energizers are the awesome most regular sort of medicine used to treat ADHD. There are just two energizer meds, methylphenidate (the dynamic fixing in Ritalin, Concerta and different definitions) and amphetamine (the dynamic fixing in Adderall, Vyvanse and different plans).

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Answered 2021-04-06 17:06:40

Methylphenidate

Ritalin - Pill, lasts a few hours, must be taken several times a day

Ritalin LA - Layered sphere of medicine and time release control polymers (think everlasting gobstopper).

Concerta - Pump system delivers across 10 hours

Daytrana - Patch system delivers across 10 hours

Vyvanse - Pro-drug only works if digested (can’t be crushed and snorted)

Amphetamine Salts

Adderall - Pill, lasts a few hours, must be taken several times a day

AderallXR - Pellet system, each pellet dissolves at a different rate, thereby delivering the drug over a series of

Dexamphetemine

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Answered 2021-04-19 17:35:29

Treatment

Standard treatments for ADHD in adults typically involve medication, education, skills training and psychological counseling. A combination of these is often the most effective treatment. These treatments can help manage many symptoms of ADHD, but they don't cure it. It may take some time to determine what works best for you.

Medications

Talk with your doctor about the benefits and risks of any medications.

Stimulants, such as products that include methylphenidate or amphetamine, are typically the most commonly prescribed medications for ADHD, but other medications may be prescribed. Stimulants appear to boost and balance levels of brain chemicals called neurotransmitters.

Other medications used to treat ADHD include the nonstimulant atomoxetine and certain antidepressants such as bupropion. Atomoxetine and antidepressants work slower than stimulants do, but these may be good options if you can't take stimulants because of health problems or if stimulants cause severe side effects.

The right medication and the right dose vary among individuals, so it may take time to find out what's right for you. Tell your doctor about any side effects.

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Answered 2021-04-18 08:11:06

Generic Adderall is also used to treat a chronic sleep disorder that causes extreme daytime drowsiness called narcolepsy by helping you stay awake during the day. Generic Adderall should not be used to treat mild fatigue or tiredness or to keep people awake who do not have a sleep disorder. Dextroamphetamine/amphetamine is the generic version of Adderall, and requires a prescription. You can buy generic Adderall at+17164581235at a discounted price.

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