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Can nuvigil be used to help with ADHD in adults?

Can nuvigil be used to help with ADHD in adults?

Maybe: Nuvigil is a derivative of provigil. Provigil has been shown to be effective in treating adhd in several well done reports, eg, psychiatry res. 2009 aug 15;168(3):234-7. E pub 2009 may 12. Similar studies are pending on nuvigil, so its use would be as a third line if other treatments fail. ...Read more

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Dr. Carla Enriquez
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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (Adhd) (Definition)

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a bio-psycho-social disorder characterized by inattentiveness, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. ADHD typically interferes with daily functioning or mental and social development. It is usually present in childhood, continuing into adulthood, and is genetically transmitted. ...Read more


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I need to find a new effective medication used to treat ADHD in adults?

Get eval: There are several good medications but each has to be matched to the characteristics of the patient, and sometimes it requires the use of a primary medication plus a second "adjunctive" medication. This can only be determined by working with your health care provider. Good luck! ...Read more

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How easy is it to diagnose adhd/add in adults?

How easy is it to diagnose adhd/add in adults?

Thorough eval: A number of criteria must be met to make an accurate diagnosis of ADHD/ ADD. It can present like other medical or mental conditions. A workup is necessary to ensure assessment is correct. ...Read more

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Are there any home remedies that can help to diminish the symptoms of ADHD in adults?

Are there any home remedies that can help to diminish the symptoms of ADHD in adults?

ADHD is complex: After careful evaluation most individuals require a multifaceted treatment approach which likely includes medication, skill development, & environmental adjustments (school & work). Healthy living habits (good sleep, nutrition, exercise, relationships, attitudes) help overall health & enhance other measures. Good source of info: http://www.Additudemag.Com/. ...Read more

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Doctors, what are the main symptoms of ADHD in adults?

Doctors, what are the main symptoms of ADHD in adults?

Poor concentration: Difficulty completing tasks, easily distractible, trouble holding jobs, and forgetfulness are some of the common symptoms. Most psychologists can help you assess whether you may have adhd. ...Read more

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I am prescribed nuvigil for ADHD but it is extremely expensive. Should I try provigil? What's the difference?

I am prescribed nuvigil for  ADHD  but it is extremely expensive. Should I try provigil?  What's the difference?

Possibly: Many meds have mirror-image versions called isomers. Provigil is a 50:50 blend of l- and d-modafanil, while Nuvigil is pure d-modafanile, the active isomer. Mostly that means 50 mg of Nuvigil is about the same potency as 100 mg of provigil. Provigil was studied for adhd with excellent results but was not approved by the fda--nor is nuvigil. Check with your doctor; Provigil is off patent. ...Read more

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Is switching from ritalin (methylphenidate) to nuvigil a good alternative for ADHD ?

Is switching from ritalin (methylphenidate) to nuvigil a good alternative for ADHD ?

Maybe: Nuvigil is related to provigil. Provigil showed effectiveness in adhd in children, but did not get approved due to possible rash. Generally the stimulants are thought to be most effective, however that is not true for everyone. If you are having anxiety or other side effects to the ritalin, (methylphenidate) Nuvigil may be effective, thought it may take a couple weeks to see the full effect once the dose is right. ...Read more

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How can ADHD be diagnosed in adults?

How can ADHD be diagnosed in adults?

Same as kids: Though various questionnaires and tests can help, most important in accurate diagnosis of adhd in adults is a good clinical interview that considers other more common possibilities for the symptoms and involves obtaining data from early childhood from the patient and other sources. There's no such thing as adhd that begins in adulthood; usually when symp begin in adulthood, diagnosis is not adhd. ...Read more

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Do the tests for ADHD include adults?

Do the tests for ADHD include adults?

Yes, tests exist but: No one "test" is determinative. An experienced mental health expert may or may not even utilize a proprietary "test". Adults can easily be evaluated. Such an evaluation includes a thorough history &discussion with the expert, who then can employ 1 or more tests, or not, to provide additional info. In the end, the evaluator should use tests with which he/she has confidence. ...Read more

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