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Natural Stimulants For Adhd
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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?
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Help please. Could coffee be beneficial for a young person with ADHD instead of taking stimulants?
Yes: People with adhd have a brain which is uneraroused. Caffeine is a stimulant which can increase arousal and therefore ability to pay attention. The downside of taking cafeine is it is a diuretic, so be prepared for this. It would be hard to take enough caffeine in coffee, tea, jolt cola or caffeine tablets to match the smooth action of methylphenidate or amphetamines. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I use to take a non stimulant medication for ADHD but stopped now. What types of stimulants are physical or psychological?
Behavior tx. vs. med: In addition to what my colleague just said, you need to talk to a psychiatrist to asses how severe your add is. Can it be managed with a behavior intervention, medications or both? Stimulants are effective and safe if used under the guidance of a physician. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Please help! what happens if someone with add or ADHD is treated with sedatives instead of stimulants?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Lately psychiatric drugs are causing me akthasia. When i didn't have this problem before. Why? Do stimulants ADHD pills cause akthasia?
Not usually: Usually akathisisa is caused by imbalance between acetlcholine and dopamine- causing very unpleasant muscle feeling of akathisia with need to move. Most common culprit are antipsychotic drugs such as abilify. Usually a beta-blocker can help rapidly. Adhd meds do not cause akathisia but can cause agitation and mania. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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