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Add Vs Adhd Drugs
ADD was last used in: 1980, having been replaced by ADHD-Primarily Inattentive Type in the DSM-IV & DSM V to stress that the underlying neuropathology is the same as that for ADHD-Primarily Hyperactive/Impulsive Type seen in some young children & ADHD-Primarily Combined Type commonly seen in school-age children, especially boys. Combined Type often changes to Innattentive Type in late adolescence & adulthood. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Maybe: Adhd has a very strong hereditary component. That means that in most cases it tends to run in families. However, in some cases adhd can be the result of injuries to an infant during pregnancy as a result of the use of alcohol or tobacco by the pregnant mother. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Are there any OTC drugs like Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) for ADHD focusing issues?
Not really: Some people find that caffeine helps them, but there are no medications as potent as Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) and other stimulants available over the counter. Lots of products advertised on the internet as "natural" treatments; nearly all contain various forms of stimulants. Better to know what you're taking and what the dose is. ...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
Which ssri meds or meds for OCD and anxiety problems are the safest to take with stimulant ADHD medications like ritalin (methylphenidate) ir ?
CAUTION: Ocd meds are antidepressants. Antidepressants by default are activating/stimulating meds. They will be an add on with stimulant use to cause you overstimulated agitated, restless, a. Also stimulants can stimulate propagate ocd.. Younxious, insomniac etc. You need to discuss this further with your md. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What is the consensus between combining benzodiazepines with Dexedrine or Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) in resistant bipolar patients with comorbid anxiety and ADHD?
Tough question: There is no consensus that I am aware of on this issue. Patients are individuals and each case should be taken on a case by case basis. Issues to consider include prior responses to medication, substance use issues, family history, current sxs, past sxs, suicidal behavior, past psychiatric hospitalizations, etc, etc.... ...Read more
Stability: Adding the medication helps stabilize the moods os a patient. The ups & downs even out. Sometimes this can be very helpful to such patients. ...Read more
Adderall vs Ritalin (methylphenidate): Some patients do not tolerate one but tolerates well the other without any uncomfortable side effect. Both are safe if used and followed up properly. If in adult, insure no cardiac problem before starting stimulants. ...Read more
Works for some: Another drug, that works well for some people, & doesn't work for others. In my expereience it doesn't work as often as the stimulant meds, but if people can't tolerate the stimulants, it is nice to have this option. It does need to be taken on an increasing dose over about a month. If it does work, it works most of the day from just one dose. Like an antidepressant, you need it in your system. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Concerta is very safe if adhd was properly diagnosed and the patient is regularly monitored. The use and dose of medications in adhd must be targeted for specific outcomes, usually defined as "normalization." this and the occurrence of adverse effects then drives the dose used. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Which ADHD medication (e.G., ritalin, (methylphenidate) adderall, stattera, etc.) is least likely to result in interactions when combined with an ssri such as prozac?
PRACTICAL: As i recall patients with ssri's and stimulants at the same time, i don't recall seeing significant difficulties. Might be possible, but not probable in my experience. ...Read more
Can be beneficial: There are various release forms for both Ritalin (methylphenidate) and Adderall (like immediate release or extended / slow release). I don't consider one superior to the other. One may be more effective than the other or have absence or presence of side effects for different people. ...Read more