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Dr. Samuel Bayles
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Stimulant (Overview)

Stimulants are a kind of psychiatric drug.


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What is non stimulant response impulsivity?

What is non stimulant response impulsivity?

Are you asking if : Impulsivity, a symptom of adhd responds to non-stimulant medications, like atomoxetine or long-acting guanfacine? Each child's response is different, but there's ~ 65% chance these will work. Stimulants (methylphenidate & amphetamine) work 80-90% of the time for symptoms of both inattention & hyperactivity/impulsivity. Long-acting Guanfacine can be given with a stimulant, as well. ...Read more

Dr. Samuel Bayles
440 doctors shared insights

Stimulant (Overview)

Stimulants are a kind of psychiatric drug.


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How do non-stimulant drugs help add kids pay attention?

How do non-stimulant drugs help add kids pay attention?

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 more

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Could a doctor prescribe stimulant drugs without requiring diagnosis first?

Could a doctor prescribe stimulant drugs without requiring diagnosis first?

Not a good doctor...: A doctor can prescribe anything they want if they don't care about legal requirements, medical ethics and their own reputations, and if they lack a conscience. Stimulants are potentially very dangerous drugs, and physicians need to assure their patients 1) are health enough to take them and 2) have a diagnosis that requires them and 3) are followed carefully while on them. Less = malpractice. ...Read more

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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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Any laxative that can be taken regularly other than fiber pills? Those make it worse for me, and I've heard its bad to continue to use stimulant laxtiv

Any laxative that can be taken regularly other than fiber pills? Those make it worse for me, and I've heard its bad to continue to use stimulant laxtiv

Miralax (polyethylene glycol): Miralax (polyethylene glycol) is over-the-counter and safe for long-term use for constipation. Make sure that the underlying cause of your constipation has however been evaluated by your physician. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with adult adhd. In your experience what kind of non-stimulant medications or therapies are the safest and most effective?

I have been diagnosed with adult adhd.  In your experience what kind of non-stimulant medications or therapies are the safest and most effective?

Working with : Service men ; women who deploy, it is often advantageous to use non-controlled medications. As a result, I have used straterra with a number of adults with excellent results and a good side effect profile. ...Read more

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What are the differences between magnesium citrate vs oxide? Which will work better with stimulant medication?

What are the differences between magnesium citrate vs oxide? Which will work better with stimulant medication?

They are different : Salts of magnesium. The magnesium citrate may be absorbed a little better, but if you take too much of either one, you might end up with loose stools. So talk with your PCP about which one S/he recommends for you to take right now. ...Read more

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How long till stool softener or stimulant works?

How long till stool softener or stimulant works?

Minimize stimulants: Docusate (per pdr) helps moisten & soften hard, dry stools. It is not true laxative, but facilitates natural defecation, usually within 12 to 72 hours. This is safe & available for children over 2, & assumes normal GI anatomy without inflammation, stenosis, extrinsic or instrinsic obstruction. Change in bowels is a "red flag", like weight loss or blood in stool, that needs evaluation if persistent. ...Read more

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How can I kick the habit of using stimulants?

How can I kick the habit of using stimulants?

Mutual support helps: Consider attending a meeting of narcotics anonymous or Cocaine anonymous. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use stimulant laxatives every day for a month for constipation?

Is it safe to use stimulant laxatives every day for a month for constipation?

Laxative Abuse: Nope. Absolutely not. This addiction is a common problem. The obsession is nearly debilitating in this addiction and one must get some control and healing so that they do not damage their gut, liver, or any other internal organ. ...Read more

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I have pvcs. Should I consider taurine supplements beneficial or a dangerous stimulant that I should avoid?

I have pvcs. Should I consider taurine supplements beneficial or a dangerous stimulant that I should avoid?

Avoid: Pvcs (if that is what they are) are more of a nuisance than dangerous in a healthy heart.
Taurine and other supplements are not evaluated by fda and therefore little is known of effects, side effects and interaction with other medications. ...Read more

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In regard to my ADHD meds, I have taken and take every stimulant/non stimulant made, all forms working to then suddenly just stop working at all!why?

In regard to my ADHD meds, I have taken and take every stimulant/non stimulant made, all forms working to then suddenly just stop working at all!why?

ADHD: There may be several reasons, most common is tolerance to the drug, hitting a therapeutic ceiling. That means you can't go higher on dose. Depends on how they were rx'd. One method to help is combining meds of different classes that enhance each other's benefits without risking toxic side effects. That helps avoid tolerance, & greatly increases your options ...Read more

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Can you tell me if monster energy drinks can be deadly for you?

Can you tell me if monster energy drinks can be deadly for you?

A handful of deaths: Have been reported, but in none of the cases so far was it really a slam-dunk kind of proof. It has mostly been in younger people using higher doses (3-4 bottles of 5 hour energy), and many of them had underlying heart disease. Caffeine IS a stimulant, and while not as potent as amphetamine etc., in high doses it does the same things. Other stuff in it likely harmless, but unknown safety really. ...Read more

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Is anxiety a side effect of all stimulant ADHD medication?

yes...: Pretty much all adhd meds can cause anxiety as a side effect but what is important is for each individual as well as each individual medication it may not be the case. While frustrating it may take a trial of one, two, three or maybe even more to find the right one at the right dose that works for you. ...Read more

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How do the stimulant and non-stimulant meds' side effects compare, in a child, for adhd?

Stimulants: Have a much longer experience and a higher cure rate initially. Ritalin (methylphenidate) has been around for over 50 years and its side effects are well-known and should be tried first. Generic stimulants work as well as the new expensive ones. ...Read more

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Low grade of fever acting as stimulant of immune system in a child with urti. Avoid antipyretic below 37.5 c. Is it true?

Low grade of fever acting as stimulant of immune system in a child with urti. Avoid antipyretic below 37.5 c. Is it true?

I think so!: Many people have an unnatural fear of fever, and are medicating children for very low grade fevers. I think fever medication should be reserved for children who feel bad due to a fever; this often doesn't occur until temps are 102-103. One does not prevent seizures by giving medicine early. There are data that suggest that fever does stimulate the immune system and help us fight infection. ...Read more

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I have been taking ADHD stimulants my whole life. I am currently on Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) and I am conserned it is stunting my penis growth. I'm 5.5 inches not grow?

I have been taking ADHD stimulants my whole life. I am currently on Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) and I am conserned it is stunting my penis growth. I'm 5.5 inches not grow?

No, it's not : It's probably the last thing you want to do, but if you get a thorough physical exam from your primary care doctor, (s)he can tell you what tanner stage of puberty you're in & talk with you about seeing a pediatric or adult endocrinologist, depending on your age. There are specific measurements they use (none of which hurt you) & they have growth charts for just about every part of the body. ...Read more

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What to do if I have anxiety, how long before stimulants wear off from preworkout?

What to do if I have anxiety, how long before stimulants wear off from preworkout?

Anxiety & stimulants: The length of time stimulants "wear off" depends on which specific medications you're talking about. If you have anxiety, using any stimulants (including over the counter ones) can worsen it. So, I wouldn't recommend using them at all. If you have adhd and are on prescribed stimulants, work with your doctor to alleviate anxiety. ...Read more

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Ssri (zoloft) and burn 24 interact with each other? There are no stimulants in this.

Ssri (zoloft) and burn 24 interact with each other? There are no stimulants in this.

Not enough data: There is currently not enough data to be able to answer your question. I cannot find anything that has to do with interactions between bergenin and zoloft (sertraline). Green coffee bean extract and zoloft (sertraline) has also not been adequately studied as a combination either. If you decide to use this combination you have to do so at your own risk. ...Read more

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Interaction between Aripiprazole(@low dose) with Methylphenidate(antipsychotic &stimulant) in Treatment-resistant atypical depression?

Interaction between Aripiprazole(@low dose) with Methylphenidate(antipsychotic &stimulant) in Treatment-resistant atypical depression?

Talk to your doctor.: If both of these medications are being prescribed for you, you should speak to the doctor who is prescribing them. Although there is no documented adverse interaction between these two medications, every patient can react differently to medications. Of course, you should only take these medications if they are being prescribed for you; don't try someone else's medication. ...Read more

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How much caffeine stimulant can the average body handle?

How much caffeine stimulant can the average body handle?

Tolerance: It varies by individual tolerance. Symptoms of nervousness, agitation, fast heart rate, nause may all indicate that you have exceeded your tolerance. ...Read more

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What is a stimulant?

Drug?: Stimulants temporarily increase mental/physical functions. Most are addictive and can do damage to various organs if used long-term or in excess. Here's a lot of info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stimulant
Be careful. They warning that "Speed Kills" was based on facts. ...Read more

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What is the most powerful stimulant drug?

Not an easy answer: In the amphetamine class, at comparable doses, they are all equally "powerful". On the street cocaine and crystal meth are incredibly dangerous and strong. STAY AWAY FROM STREET DRUGS!! ...Read more

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Why would a person that has add be but on a stimulant?

Why would a person that has add be but on a stimulant?

Great question.: Simplistically, persons with adhd have too little activity in certain brain pathways (dopamine-da and norepinephrine-ne) to override extraneous distractions and properly attend to mundane tasks. Hence, the adhd need for stimulation and novelty. Stimulants via several modes increase da and ne activity (but not levels). I also test neurotransmitters, modify diet, and use targeted Amino Acid rx. ...Read more

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Is okay to take st. John's wort while also on a stimulant?

Is okay to take st. John's wort while also on a stimulant?

I wouldn't: St. John's wort may have at least weak maoi activity, such that any increases in neurotransmitters resulting from the stimulant could theoretically be boosted higher than expected. Other effects of sjw may be to induce other enzymes. I would not recommend combining these. Relatedly, one study using sjw alone with adhd showed it to be less effective than placebo. http://tinyurl.com/k38hd5e. ...Read more

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When is the best time of the day to take an appetite stimulant?

Morning: Stimulate at a time when you can best metabolize and utilize nutrients. Make sure these are safe and approved appetite enhancers. ...Read more