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Dr. Samuel Bayles
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Stimulant (Overview)

Stimulants are a kind of psychiatric drug.


Dr. Johanna Fricke
Board Certified, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
44 years in practice
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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, also. ...Read more

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Dr. William Forsythe
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Stimulant (Overview)

Stimulants are a kind of psychiatric drug.


Dr. Rudolf Brutoco
Board Certified, Child Psychiatry
38 years in practice
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How do non-stimulant drugs help add kids pay attention?

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

+ by -: ...Meaning "addition by subtraction". By reducing "hyper" activity, and subduing some impulsiveness, the patient is more apt to be under their own self control, and essentially make informed, beneficial choices -- rather than just react excessively to various stimuli. There's more to it than this, but to me, this it the basic functional effect of most so-called non-stimulants. ...Read more

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Dr. William Forsythe
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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
Board Certified, Addiction Medicine
43 years in practice
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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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Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Board Certified, Psychiatry
23 years in practice
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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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Dr. William Forsythe
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Dr. Donald Jacobson
Board Certified, Psychiatry
34 years in practice
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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: Miralax 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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Dr. Clarence Lyons
Board Certified, Family Medicine
14 years in practice
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Board Certified, Psychiatry
19 years in practice
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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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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
Board Certified, Ophthalmology
20 years in practice
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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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Dr. Charles Cattano
Board Certified, Gastroenterology
33 years in practice
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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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Dr. Jeffrey Roth
Board Certified, Addiction Medicine
37 years in practice
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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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