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How are stimulants used to treat adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder?

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  • Adults with adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are often offered stimulant medications. Studies show that about two-thirds of adults with ADHD who take these medications have big improvements in their symptoms. Examples of stimulant medications include: Dexmethylphenidate (Focalin)
  • Dextroamphetamine (Dexedrine)
  • Amphetamine/Dextroamphetamine (Adderall, Adderall XR)
  • Lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse)
  • Methylphenidate (Concerta, Daytrana, Metadate, Methylin, Ritalin, Quillivant XR)

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: "Adult ADHD (attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder)."

Attention Deficit Disorder Association.

FamilyDoctor.org: "Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder(ADHD)."

 

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on May 10, 2017

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: "Adult ADHD (attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder)."

Attention Deficit Disorder Association.

FamilyDoctor.org: "Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder(ADHD)."

 

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on May 10, 2017

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Why are stimulants not ideal for treating adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder?

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