My opinions about the medications:
There are many medications available for ADHD – the stimulants, the antidepressants, and others.
Like everyone else, I have my opinions about the medicines, which I will repeat here:
- Everyone with ADHD deserves a trial of medication. For some people, they don’t work. That raises the question of whether the person actually has ADHD. For some people, they cause intolerable side effects. For some people (like me), they help some. For some people, they are a life-changing miracle. It’s worth trying.
- These medications are safe for most people, although caution is needed if there is hypertension or cardiac disease.
- These medications can be abused. This appears to occur mostly in college. They do not help with school performance for non-AHDers, although they give the impression that they do. People with ADHD rarely abuse them. The effect on people with ADHD is different from on vanillas.
- Starting the medications is a trial and error process. You must determine which medication is best for you, at what dose, and with what timing. Each of us is unique.
The purpose of medication is to help us focus. Other benefits can be to increase motivation and decrease inertia.
Stimulants : methylphenidate -Ritalin, Concerta, Focalin, Daytrana ; amphetamines -Adderal, dexedrine, Cylert
Antidepressants: Staterra (atomaxetine), Wellbutrin (bupropion),Effexor (venlafaxine), Pamelor (desipramine)
Others: Guanfacine, omega 3 fatty acid (fish oil) can be of some help.
There are other longer acting forms now available.
The link below covers this in more detail, as well as more about ADHD. It is a gem.
Pretty much everything about the meds from Dr. Schwartz
Other ADHD Medication Links:
Totally Irrelevant Comment: Trying to publish a list with numbers is a booger. But that’s nothing compared to trying to get the pictures right. Patience is not one of my ADHD gifts.
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