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What's the effect of stimulants on kids with adhd?

What's the effect of stimulants on kids with adhd?

Typically quite good: Stimulants are by far the most thoroughly studied medications used to treat a child psychiatric disorder. 65-85% of the time, they markedly decrease key symptoms of inattention, poor focus, impulsivity, & hyperactivity. They work quickly but also wear off daily. Side effects are well known, dose-related, & for most kids tolerable. Sadly, they do not "cure" adhd, nor are they the whole answer. ...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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The stimulants prescribed for my ADHD don't seem to be working. What should I do?

The stimulants prescribed for my ADHD don't seem to be working. What should I do?

Re-visit diagnosis: It's extremely rare for stimulants to not work in adhd. If adequate dosages have been tried, i would recommend discussing with your doctor whether any other diagnosis would explain symptoms that seem like adhd but perhaps aren't. ...Read more

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Why do some people say that people with true ADHD don't get addicted to medications that are stimulants?

Why do some people say that people with true ADHD don't get addicted to medications that are stimulants?

Not really correct: Anyone can abuse any med that is abusable (e.g., opioid/morphine derivatives, methadone, amphetamines, methylphenidate, benzo's, barbiturates, muscle relaxants such as carisoprodol, etc.). About 7 million americans report abusing prescription drugs each month (nida, 2010). One theory is that if you are truly adhd & you take the adhd med correctly & you function better, abuse is less likely. ...Read more

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Are all stimulants for ADHD addicting? Or do they have ones that aren't as potent but still are as effective? Such as extended release?

Are all stimulants for ADHD addicting? Or do they have ones that aren't as potent but still are as effective? Such as extended release?

Yes.: All stimulants will change your body/brain to need them. Low potency stimulant/high potency/delayed release. Same. If you need them to function then use as doctor prescribes. ...Read more

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Help please. Could coffee be beneficial for a young person with ADHD instead of taking stimulants?

Help please. Could coffee be beneficial for a young person with ADHD instead of taking stimulants?

No... but: Contrary to popular belief, there is no evidence that caffeine helps treat symptoms of adhd. While caffeine has a stimulant effect, it is very short-acting and the dose of caffeine needed to have an effect similar to the stimulants makes it prohibitive. Some parents tell me that their children do better at night with caffeine, but they are few and the effects are short-term. ...Read more

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Will caffeine pills help with adhd?

Will caffeine pills help with adhd?

Not really: Studies from the 1980s-1990s did not demonstrate robust benefit for adhd symptoms from caffeine usage. The amounts of caffeine ingested were inconsistent, and symptom improvement was variable. ...Read more

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Are non stimulant ADHD meds just as effective as stimulants?

Complex question: There are many classes of non-stimulant "adhd" meds some of which may target some adhd symptoms more than others - just take a look at adhd criteria - even stimulant medications can impact different cognitive functions at different levels. By and large stimulant meds are effective in 70% of adhd cases, a claim few other medications have been able to match in controled studies. ...Read more

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Which medications are the best alternatives to stimulants in treatment of Adhd?

Which medications are the best alternatives to stimulants in treatment of Adhd?

Similar mechanisms: All of the effective medications used to treat ADHD, even those billed as non stimulants, are actually are stimulants, such as atomoxitine, since they block the reuptake of nor epinephrine. Other effective alternatives include Provigil and Nuvigil, both of which are once a day medications and do not take long to begin to have a positive effect. ...Read more

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Please help! what happens if someone with add or ADHD is treated with sedatives instead of stimulants?

Please help! what happens if someone with add or ADHD is treated with sedatives instead of stimulants?

ADHD: Sedatives will not help a person with adhd focus or study. The exception to this might be if they are overstimulated and need to calm down. ...Read more

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What are some alternatives to ritalin (methylphenidate) and other stimulants, when treating ADHD in a child?

Find the cause : There are many underlying medical and educational causes of adhd symptoms. Those should all be tested for and treated prior to giving a diagnosis of adhd and prior to prescribing adhd drugs. In my book, no more adhd, i recommend a course of action to help find the real cause of the symptoms. ...Read more

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Dr. Samuel Bayles
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Stimulant (Definition)

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