Although there is a significant amount of research on medication treatment for children with ADHD, much less controlled research data has been conducted on medication therapy in adults. However, medication improves attention and reduces impulsivity in adults who have been correctly diagnosed with ADHD. Adults with ADHD may also frequently have other conditions such as depression or anxiety that may require additional treatment.
The following list of medications are in some way related to, or used in the treatment of this condition. Drug class: CNS stimulants. For consumers: dosageinteractionsside effects.
Medication can help reduce symptoms of hyperactivity, inattentiveness, and impulsivity in children and adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder ADHDformerly known as ADD. ADHD medication may help improve the ability to concentrate, control impulses, plan ahead, and follow through with tasks. Even when the medication is working, a child with ADHD might still struggle with forgetfulness, emotional problems, and social awkwardness, or an adult with disorganization, distractibility, and relationship difficulties.
Is ADD medication safe? Does it work? What are the side effects? After an ADHD diagnosis, most patients have lots of questions about the best way to manage symptoms with a prescription.
These include Strattera, tricyclic antidepressants, Effexor, and Wellbutrin. Of these, Strattera has been studied most extensively for use in the treatment of ADHD in adults and children, appears to have fewer side effects than the tricyclic antidepressants, and seems to be more effective than Wellbutrin. Non-stimulants may be prescribed if you do not respond to stimulantsif side effects of stimulants are too great, if you have a history of certain heart conditions, or if you have a history of drug abuse or bipolar disorder.
For parents hearing that their child has ADHD, the diagnosis can be especially stressful. For children, whose brains are still developing, how they respond to treatment will be different from adults. Treatment for ADHD for people of all ages should be comprehensive.
This review focuses on the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder ADHD in adults. It briefly addresses prevalence, diagnostic and differential diagnostic issues specific to adults. Stimulant medication, non-stimulant medication, and psychosocial treatments are thoroughly reviewed.
And myriad others. The number of ADHD medication options is so large that finding the right treatment feels overwhelming at times. Here, an ADHD specialist explains the options for adults and children in terms we can all understand. I recently saw a child who, after receiving extensive evaluation, was diagnosed with inattentive attention deficit disorder ADHD or ADD.
Many people equate ADHD treatment with medication. In fact, while medication for ADHD often improves attention and concentration, it typically does very little to help symptoms of disorganization, poor time management, forgetfulness, and procrastination—the very issues that cause the most problems for many adults with ADHD. Medication for ADHD is more effective when combined with other treatments.