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If I am diagnosed with adult ADHD what would a doctor most likely try first as far as treatment goes? Is there a specific medication doctors usually go to first?
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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
The standard of care recommends using a stimulant medication on first pass through.
That would be a methylphenidate or amphetamine derivative. If this is not effective then a look for comorbidities would be the next step.

In brief: Yes
The standard of care recommends using a stimulant medication on first pass through.
That would be a methylphenidate or amphetamine derivative. If this is not effective then a look for comorbidities would be the next step.
Dr. Carla Enriquez
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Dr. Alan Ali
Need to give credit to the prescribing MD & their clinical judgement
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
3 doctors agree
In brief: Same as for kids
The main treatment options for adults with adhd are the same as for kids with adhd.
As far as prescription meds, generally a stimulant (e.g. Adderall, vyvanse, (lisdexamfetamine) ritalin) or strattera are first-line treatment options.

In brief: Same as for kids
The main treatment options for adults with adhd are the same as for kids with adhd.
As far as prescription meds, generally a stimulant (e.g. Adderall, vyvanse, (lisdexamfetamine) ritalin) or strattera are first-line treatment options.
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
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Dr. Kathryn Seifert
Clinical Psychology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Therapy & Meds
Complete and accurate diagnosis is essential, since other underlying conditions, such as trauma, can look like adhd.
Refer to a psychologist for a skill evaluation and diagnosis. Refer to mental health professional for skill building in areas such as organization and concentration. Refer to psychiatrist for meds. Have coordination among all providers, especially on potential substance abuse.

In brief: Therapy & Meds
Complete and accurate diagnosis is essential, since other underlying conditions, such as trauma, can look like adhd.
Refer to a psychologist for a skill evaluation and diagnosis. Refer to mental health professional for skill building in areas such as organization and concentration. Refer to psychiatrist for meds. Have coordination among all providers, especially on potential substance abuse.
Dr. Kathryn Seifert
Dr. Kathryn Seifert
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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
In brief: Adult adhd
Not really. Depends on the doctor's experience with other similar cases & their comfort level.

In brief: Adult adhd
Not really. Depends on the doctor's experience with other similar cases & their comfort level.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali
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