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How effective are stimulant drugs in helping ADHD symptoms and which symptoms do they help?

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Stimulants help improve ADHD symptoms in about 70% of adults and 70% to 80% of children. They tend to cut down on hyperactivity, interrupting, and fidgeting. They can also help a person finish tasks and improve his or her relationships.

As long as the medication is taken, people see better attention span and behavior. Even though there is some debate about whether social skills or performance at school gets better, there are many people who benefit from them.

From: Stimulant Medications for ADHD WebMD Medical Reference

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National Institutes of Health. 

News release, Pfizer.

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on March 25, 2019

SOURCES: 

National Institutes of Health. 

News release, Pfizer.

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on March 25, 2019

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