Smarter Treatments Ahead for ADHD
New once-a-day formulations deliver the drug found in Ritalin in a way that smoothes out the peaks and valleys that come from three-times-a-day dosing. These delivery systems make the drug work better, says James M. Swanson, PhD, an ADHD researcher at the University of California, Irvine.
Swanson says that other new drugs now in development differ from Ritalin in that they target other brain chemicals that affect executive function. It is hoped that one day different drugs -- or different combinations of drugs - will allow doctors to fine-tune ADHD treatment.
"We need to be more aware of integrated, targeted, and synchronized treatments," Tannock says. "As we begin to understand more the neurological networks, we will be better able to target ADHD treatment."