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Whenever I take my ADHD meds I have a feeling of anxiety and my heart beats fast. Why?
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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics
5 doctors agree
In brief: Stimulant effect
Please let the prescribing doctor know this is happening.
It could be from the medication, or from using caffeine or chocolate with the medication. Or from a comorbid disorder like anxiety disorder. Or from using other medications such as decongestants. If none of these are present, then you may need a dose adjustment or change.

In brief: Stimulant effect
Please let the prescribing doctor know this is happening.
It could be from the medication, or from using caffeine or chocolate with the medication. Or from a comorbid disorder like anxiety disorder. Or from using other medications such as decongestants. If none of these are present, then you may need a dose adjustment or change.
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Dr. Carla Enriquez
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Dr. Glen Elliott
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
3 doctors agree
In brief: Stimulant SE
Stimulants activate the fight-or-flight system, elevating both hr & bp.
Either that or some other effect can cause some people to feel anxious. Usually dose related & sometimes gets better with time, but the anxiety can be bad enough to merit switching to a different med class. Sometimes one stimulant class will do it and not the other; nonstimulant adhd meds much less likely to cause anxiety.

In brief: Stimulant SE
Stimulants activate the fight-or-flight system, elevating both hr & bp.
Either that or some other effect can cause some people to feel anxious. Usually dose related & sometimes gets better with time, but the anxiety can be bad enough to merit switching to a different med class. Sometimes one stimulant class will do it and not the other; nonstimulant adhd meds much less likely to cause anxiety.
Dr. Glen Elliott
Dr. Glen Elliott
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