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can i get prescribed adderall or ritalin (methylphenidate) if i have autism? (more specifically speaking; asperger's syndrome?)

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Dr. William Singer
50 years experience Pediatric Neurology
Yes: If you have been diagnosed with add. You can.Be treated the same way as others with add are treated. Either Ritalin (methylphenidate) or Adderall are the most common initial medications.
Answered on Jul 1, 2014
Dr. Donald Jacobson
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Yes: Yes, however, only if you have add or adhd or any of the other conditions treated by psychostimulants. Unfortunately some studies have shown them to not be as robust in people with autism. I would find a specialist in autism if you can or have your psychiatrist research the latest recommendations for autism and stimulants.
Answered on May 20, 2018
Dr. Johanna Fricke
49 years experience Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Yes, you can take: stimulant medication if diagnosed with ADHD-Primarily Inattentive Type. 40-70 % of people with Autistic Spectrum Disorder also have ADHD. Start at a lower dose than is used for adults who have ADHD but no ASD & increase the dose in smaller increments to its maximum effect. Stimulants can increase anxiety, common in ASD. You may need to add a an anti-anxiety medication or use a non-stimulant.
Answered on Oct 14, 2016

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