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Who should not take stimulant drugs for ADHD?

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You should not take stimulants if you have:

  • Glaucoma (a buildup of pressure in your eyes)
  • Severe anxiety, tension, agitation, or nervousness
  • Tics (body movements you can’t control that happen over and over)
  • Tourette's syndrome, or someone in your family has it
  • A history of psychosis or are psychotic
  • Taken a type of medication called monoamine oxidase inhibitor within 14 days of when you start taking the stimulant. Examples of this type of medication include phenelzine (Nardil) or tranylcypromine (Parnate).

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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