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

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
3 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Dr. Rudolf Brutoco
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
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In brief: + 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.

In brief: + 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.
Dr. Rudolf Brutoco
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Dr. Chris Esguerra
Psychiatry
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In brief: Similar pathways

The nonstimulant medications used to treat adhd in children include atomoxetine, guanfacine, and clonidine.
Each of these target the areas in the brain that help slow down activity such that the child is able to pay attention, sit still, be able to learn, and be able to be more organized. These benefits are not seen until about 4 to 6 weeks of treatment with these medications.

In brief: Similar pathways

The nonstimulant medications used to treat adhd in children include atomoxetine, guanfacine, and clonidine.
Each of these target the areas in the brain that help slow down activity such that the child is able to pay attention, sit still, be able to learn, and be able to be more organized. These benefits are not seen until about 4 to 6 weeks of treatment with these medications.
Dr. Chris Esguerra
Dr. Chris Esguerra
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