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Which ssri meds or meds for OCD and anxiety problems are the safest to take with stimulant ADHD medications like ritalin (methylphenidate) ir ?

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 more

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Dr. Alan Ali
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Agitation (Definition)

Agitation can be demonstrated emotionally or physically. Agitation is an expression of emotion that is a little less than anger but a little more than mildly irritated. One may become agitated quickly. In this case it can be problematic and one might need ...Read more


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Are non stimulant ADHD meds just as effective as stimulants?

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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Is trazodone combined with ritalin a typical and effective treatment for ADHD adults with anxiety?

Is trazodone combined with ritalin a typical and effective treatment for ADHD adults with anxiety?

Many Meds possible: It is fairly common to find duo diagnosis such as anxiety with ADHD, and each diagnosis needs to be addressed. Trazadone plus Ritalin is a very reasonable combiination, especially if falling asleep at night is a problem. If not effective, there are other combinations that might be helpful. ...Read more

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Are there over-the-counter medications for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder?

Are there over-the-counter medications for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder?

No: Although seem people use caffeine (as pills or in food or drink), no over-the-counter medications have been shown to be effective for treating adhd. Some parents notice that their children are less symptomatic when ill and taking cough syrup, but that is general sedation and illness, not treatment of adhd specifically. ...Read more

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Is intuniv or kapvay effective in treating ADHD in both children and adults?

Is intuniv or kapvay effective in treating ADHD in both children and adults?

Yes: These medications are effective in both adults & children. It makes sense to have a comprehensive treatment approach that also involves cognitive behavioral therapy as well as other modalities like mindfulness meditation. ...Read more

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

Therapy/nonstimulant: Non stimulants can be very helpful, especially now that there are long-acting ones (kapvay and intuniv). Studies have consistently shown that stimulants are the most effective but there is also considerable evidence that certain therapies (cognitive behavioral therapy, applied behavioral analysis, parent-child interaction therapy, etc) can be beneficial alone, but especially in addition to meds. ...Read more

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Can stimulant drugs such as ritalin (methylphenidate) and Adderall help depression and anxiety?

Can stimulant drugs such as ritalin (methylphenidate) and Adderall help depression and anxiety?

No: No, I would not rely on stimulant medications for attention problems to treat depression and these meds can potentially make depression and anxiety worse. ...Read more

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What is the consensus between combining benzodiazepines with Dexedrine or Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) in resistant bipolar patients with comorbid anxiety and ADHD?

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

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If used concurrently could selegiline + clonidine have additive effect for ADHD?

If used concurrently could selegiline + clonidine have additive effect for ADHD?

Selegiline and: Clonidine have no known interactions so they are okay together. Clonidine may lower blood pressure while selegiline may interact with meds and foods with possible increase in blood pressure. Review interactions. Both have an effect in treatment of ADHD for some individuals and if they work for you then effects would be additive. Best regards for good health. ...Read more

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Help docs, is intuniv or kapvay effective in treating ADHD in children and adults?

Help docs, is intuniv or kapvay effective in treating ADHD in children and adults?

Both are indicated.: Intuniv is long acting Tenex (guanfacine) and Kapvay is long acting clonidine. Both are alpha-2 agonists and decrease the Norepinephrine drive. The effect therefore is to calm. Both can be effective, however, of the two, the clonidine molecule has a greater propensity towards sedation. Discuss with your doctor further please. Take care. ...Read more

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What bipolar medications are good to take with guanfacine or other ADHD medication?

What bipolar medications are good to take with guanfacine or other ADHD medication?

Bipolar: Most mood stabilizers are safe, depending on your doctor's preference, tolerability, side-effects, and any health issues. ...Read more

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Would pristiq (desvenlafaxine) and strattera be an effective combo for major depressive disorder and adult adhd? Stimulants have helped but too many side effects.

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Would pristiq (desvenlafaxine) and strattera be an effective combo for major depressive disorder and adult adhd? Stimulants have helped but too many side effects.

Pristiq (desvenlafaxine) Strattera: Depression can cause long term fatigue, lack of energy at times difficult to improve till a stimulant is added. Strattera (atomoxetine) is a weak stimulant but can help improve energy, if not Ritalin or Adderall can be added, if the patient does not have a cardiac problem. ...Read more

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Is there any non stimulant ADHD medications other than stratterra ?

ADHD medications: There are 3 long acting non stimulants tha the fda has approved for tx. Of adhd. Straterra, intuniv, and Kapvay but the last 2 are approved for children. 6 to 17 yo. ...Read more

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Might Strattera, (atomoxetine) combined with Prozac, help manage an anxiety disorder as well as ADHD?

Might Strattera, (atomoxetine) combined with Prozac, help manage an anxiety disorder as well as ADHD?

Medication Effects: I understand your concern about anxiety. Prozac can cause anxiety. Strattera can cause insomnia, lack of libido and headache Abilify can cause agitation and restlessness Symptoms of ADHD can be due to Anxiety. Side effects due to 3 medications will affect relationships and work. Your Emotional Health is Precious! See Psychiatrist for diagnosis, benefits and side effects of medications and Therapy. ...Read more

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Is guanfacine (intuniv) effective for adult females with adhd?

Is guanfacine (intuniv) effective for adult females with adhd?

Worth to try: It is a safe medication that may help adult adhd especially if the hyperactivity component is present. The prescription dosage needs to be gradually titrated with the blood pressure checked to avoid hypotension. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Should stimulants such as ritalin (methylphenidate) and adderal should be used to treat sleeping disorders?

Should stimulants such as ritalin (methylphenidate) and adderal should be used to treat sleeping disorders?

For some: They can be used to treat narcolepsy and residual symptoms of sleep apnea (after CPAP or other treatments have been optimized). Only a sleep study can accurately diagnose these conditions and use of stimulants prior to the test can interfer with making a diagnosis. ...Read more

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Is there any non stimulant ADHD medications other than stratterra ?

ADHD medications: There are 3 long acting non stimulants tha the fda has approved for tx. Of adhd. Straterra, intuniv, and Kapvay but the last 2 are approved for children. 6 to 17 yo. ...Read more

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

A brain disorder characterized by inattentiveness, hyperactivity, and impulsivity that interferes with daily functioning or mental and social development. ...Read more


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Stimulant (Definition)

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