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ADHD Drugs: Adult Use Doubled in 4 Years

Increase Seen in Women More Than Men, Industry Report Shows

CDC's Findings

The CDC recently weighed in on ADHD trends among boys and girls -- but not adults. The CDC reported that ADHD is more often diagnosed among boys than girls but that rates of ADHD medication use were similar for boys and girls diagnosed with ADHD.

Medco's survey tracks prescription drug use, not medical diagnoses of ADHD.

"These are very specific drugs. Certainly the majority of the use of these drugs is for ADHD," Epstein tells WebMD.

He says Medco is checking to see if it can tease out data on ADHD use by students as study aides and whether ADHD drug use spiked among women after the topic came up in an episode of Desperate Housewives.

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