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Stimulants are a kind of psychiatric drug.
Yes: Ritalin (methylphenidate) is a stimulant medication, and can be habituating -- resulting in tolerance. Although most people prescribed this for adhd do not use it in an addictive pattern, it can be used that way. By "addictive, " i mean using to get high, despite clear harm in important areas of life like work, school, and relationships -- and spending inordinate amount of time pursuing the substance, etc. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Stimulants are a kind of psychiatric drug.
Are you asking if : Impulsivity, a symptom of adhd responds to non-stimulant medications, like atomoxetine or long-acting guanfacine? Each child's response is different, but there's ~ 65% chance these will work. Stimulants (methylphenidate & amphetamine) work 80-90% of the time for symptoms of both inattention & hyperactivity/impulsivity. Long-acting Guanfacine can be given with a stimulant, also. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Norepinephrine is : The brain chemical whose circulating levels are, essentially, kept where they need to be by non-stimulants in the parts of the brain that inhibit behavior. They work ~65% of the time after building up a blood level & must be given daily. Stimulants keep Dopamine circulating, work 80-90% of the time & wear off daily. Read " straight talk about psychiatric medications for kids" by dr. Tim wilens. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Do psychiatrists prescribe benzodiazepines with Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) or just ADHD stimulant medications?
Benzos and ADHD: This is not a usual combination. Benzodiazepines are antianxiety medications and may cause sedation countering the effect of adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine). If anxiety complicated your adhd or is contributed to by adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine), considering an alternative to Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) should be discussed with your prescriber. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not a good doctor...: A doctor can prescribe anything they want if they don't care about legal requirements, medical ethics and their own reputations, and if they lack a conscience. Stimulants are potentially very dangerous drugs, and physicians need to assure their patients 1) are health enough to take them and 2) have a diagnosis that requires them and 3) are followed carefully while on them. Less = malpractice. ...Read more
Question unclear: What side effects, exactly, concern you about Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) that you think vasodialotors would counteract? At the doses typically used to treat adhd, the effects on the cardiovascular system are relatively mild and probably do not need "fixing" with yet another drug that has it's own side effects. ...Read more
Bradycardia: It would be important to know what the reason for the bradycardia is first. The Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) being an amphetamine could raise the pulse rate but may not have any effect in certain heart conditions. It is not considered to be used for treatment of slow heart rate. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Maybe sometimes: In my practice, with my patients, I have prescribe Adderal regularly for patients with ADHD, and sometimes to patients with depression. In those cases, the patients are on full therapeutic doses of the antidepressant, and their mood is better, but their concentration is still poor. I have found that small or modest doses of Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) help tremendously. Used alone though, no. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Any laxative that can be taken regularly other than fiber pills? Those make it worse for me, and I've heard its bad to continue to use stimulant laxtiv
Yes: Methylphenidate is a common medicine used for the treatment of add and adhd. Used appropriately and under the watchful eye of a physician, the medication is very effective. However, this medication, like many others in its class, can be addictive if not used appropriately. The addiction is both physiologic and psychologic. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
I have been diagnosed with adult adhd. In your experience what kind of non-stimulant medications or therapies are the safest and most effective?
Justified taking Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) to combat daytime sleepiness?
Depends: It depends on the doses used and how your body metabolizes the drugs. One is not considered stronger than the other per se. The are both psychostimulants. ...Read more
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