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What medications work for adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)?

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Many people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) don’t know they have it until they’re adults. Others have known they had it since childhood.

Drugs are the main treatment for ADHD. But finding the one that works best for you may take some trial and error, and what works at first may not do so well. Also, while many drugs work for both children and adults with ADHD, clonidine (Catapres, Jenloga, Kapvay), guanfacine (Intuniv, Tenex), and modafinil (Provigil) haven’t been well-researched for adults and aren’t prescribed much.

Adults with ADHD are more likely to have mental health issues like anxiety, depression, and drug abuse. These types of conditions, and the medicines you take to treat them, can affect ADHD, and vice versa.

From: Adult ADHD: Treatment Overview WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).”

U.S. National Library of Medicine: “Treatment of adults with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.”

HelpGuide.org: “ADHD in Adults.”

Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD): “Treatment, Medication Management, Coaching.”

American Family Physician: “Diagnosis and Management of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in Adults.”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 20, 2019

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).”

U.S. National Library of Medicine: “Treatment of adults with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.”

HelpGuide.org: “ADHD in Adults.”

Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD): “Treatment, Medication Management, Coaching.”

American Family Physician: “Diagnosis and Management of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in Adults.”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 20, 2019

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