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A 24-year-old male asked:

Got diagnosed with adhd.am in therapy. cant use stimulants due to past abuse, wellbutrin/zoloft isn't helping, will i ever find something that works?

4 doctor answers16 doctors weighed in
Dr. Samuel Miles
Psychiatry 47 years experience
Keep trying: Work with your doctor to find a regimen that works. I see you are taking vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine). Perhaps your doctor will adjust the dose, or prescribe an alternate drug, like strattera. Work with your therapist on organizational skills that can help you function even when you are somewhat inattentive.
Dr. Elizabeth Finley-Belgrad
Child Psychiatry 34 years experience
Other options: May be worth trying strattera, (atomoxetine) imiprimine or intuniv(guaneficine/tenex).
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 51 years experience
Alternative meds: In addition to stimulants and what you have tried there are are alternatives such as provigil, nuvigil, imipramine. Discuss these with your prescriber.
Dr. Rachel Goldstein
Psychiatry 18 years experience
Pills are not skills: Agree w/med options listed by other docs, esp. Guanfacine (intuniv) & atomoxetine (strattera), but since these don't work as quickly as pscyhostimulants, patience is an important part of finding med(s) that is/are right for you (though patience is not easy for people w/adhd, of course). Further, no meds will cure adhd, so cbt for adhd & building coping skills is important too.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Great title for this answer, Dr. Goldstein. Says much in just a few words.
Sep 18, 2013
Dr. Rachel Goldstein
Psychiatry 18 years experience
Provided original answer
Thank you for your thoughtful comment, Dr. Pappas.
Sep 19, 2013
Dr. Lynne Weixel
Clinical Psychology 36 years experience
Dr. Pappas took my words from right out of my mouth. Dr. Goldstein is so very right!
Sep 27, 2013

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