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Can ADHD drugs cause anxiety?

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Anxiety can make you feel restless, nervous, and panicky even when you’re not in any danger. Sometimes that can happen if you take medications that target the same parts of your body that play a role in anxiety symptoms.

Many medications for ADHD are stimulants, meaning they rev up your brain. They also change the way your nerve cells send messages. Both of these things can make you restless and anxious, especially if you’re taking high doses.

Mood changes are a common side effect of these medications:

  • Amphetamine/dextroamphetamine (Adderall)
  • Dexmethylphenidate (Focalin)
  • Lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse)
  • Methylphenidate (Concerta, Ritalin)

From: What Meds Might Cause Anxiety? WebMD Medical Reference

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Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 20, 2017

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Advances in Psychiatric Treatment : “Neuropsychiatric effects of caffeine.”

Cochrane Database System Review : “Phenytoin versus valproate monotherapy for partial onset seizures and generalized onset tonic-clonic seizures.”

FDA: “Medicines in my Home: Caffeine and Your Body.”

International Journal of Child Health and Human Development: “Asthma and Mood Disorders.”

Journal of Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapeutics : “Corticosteroid-related central nervous system side effects.”

Mayo Clinic: “Anxiety,” “Migraine,” “Prednisone and other corticosteroids.”

Parkinson’s Disease Foundation: “Prescription Medications.”

Psychiatry (Edgmont) : “Real-World Data on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Medication Side Effects.”

UpToDate: “Theophylline use in asthma.”

U.S. National Library of Medicine: “Albuterol (oral route),” “Salmeterol (Inhalation route),” “Thyroid,” “Phenytoin.”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 20, 2017

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