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What other medications might help with ADHD?

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Several others are available to treat ADHD. Your doctor might have you try these if:

These alternative medications include:

  • Stimulants and nonstimulants don’t work
  • Simulants cause side effects that you can’t live with
  • You have other medical conditions
  • Amitriptyline (Elavil), desipramine (Norpramin, Pertofrane), imipramine (Tofranil), nortriptyline (Aventyl, Pamelor), or other tricyclic antidepressants
  • Bupropion (Wellbutrin)
  • Escitalopram (Lexapro) and sertraline (Zoloft)
  • Venlafaxine (Effexor)

SOURCES:

Medscape: “Once-Daily Guanfacine Approved to Treat ADHD.”

Intuniv web site.

Attention Deficit Disorder Resources: “Medication Management for Adults with ADHD.”

Strattera web site.

WebMD Medical Reference: “Should My Child Take Stimulant Medications for ADHD? Medical Information.”

National Institute of Mental Health: “Questions Raised about Stimulants and Sudden Death.”

HelpGuide.org: “ADD & ADHD Medications.”

News release, Pfrizer. 

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on March 25, 2019

SOURCES:

Medscape: “Once-Daily Guanfacine Approved to Treat ADHD.”

Intuniv web site.

Attention Deficit Disorder Resources: “Medication Management for Adults with ADHD.”

Strattera web site.

WebMD Medical Reference: “Should My Child Take Stimulant Medications for ADHD? Medical Information.”

National Institute of Mental Health: “Questions Raised about Stimulants and Sudden Death.”

HelpGuide.org: “ADD & ADHD Medications.”

News release, Pfrizer. 

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on March 25, 2019

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