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Who shouldn't take stimulant medications for adult ADHD?

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You shouldn’t take stimulants if you have health problems like heart disease, glaucoma, or a history of alcohol or drug abuse. If you take an antidepressant, you should talk to your doctor before you take a stimulant, too.

From: The Right ADHD Treatment for You WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health: “Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.”

National Resource Center on ADHD: “Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Adults with ADHD,” “Symptoms and Diagnostic Criteria,” “Managing Medication for Adults with ADHD.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Stimulant Therapy.”

National Institute on Drug Abuse: “DrugFacts: Stimulant ADHD Medications: Methylphenidate and Amphetamines.”

U.S. Food and Drug Administration: “ADHD: Not Just for Kids.”

U.S. National Library of Medicine: “Atomoxetine.”

American Heart Association: “Types of Blood Pressure Medications.”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on January 8, 2018

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health: “Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.”

National Resource Center on ADHD: “Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Adults with ADHD,” “Symptoms and Diagnostic Criteria,” “Managing Medication for Adults with ADHD.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Stimulant Therapy.”

National Institute on Drug Abuse: “DrugFacts: Stimulant ADHD Medications: Methylphenidate and Amphetamines.”

U.S. Food and Drug Administration: “ADHD: Not Just for Kids.”

U.S. National Library of Medicine: “Atomoxetine.”

American Heart Association: “Types of Blood Pressure Medications.”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on January 8, 2018

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