ADHD Medication Options

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder [ADHD] a disorder of brain which generally takes its toll on children ,has many treatment options.


They are discussed below. Stimulants - stimulants used in the treatment of ADHD may be shorter or longer acting preparations. Short acting stimulants formulations needs to be given 2-3 times a day.

The long acting stimulants formulations needs to given once a day. The long acting stimulants can sustain their effect for 8-12 hours.

Parents love to use Long acting stimulants as dose at school is not necessary. There are four types of stimulants used in the treatment of ADHD.

They are as follows amphetamines,methylphenidate,
dextroamphetamine,and pemoline

Non stimulant- The newest medication for treatment of ADHD is Strattera. This is not a stimulant. Straterra is an inhibitor that acts on the neurotransmitter norepinephrine as the antidepressants act on the neurotransmitter seratonin, allowing the natural chemical to remain longer in the brain before being drawn back up.

Because it is a non-stimulant, it is widely preferred and less objectionable to some families. It also has similar side effects just like any other medications used for ADHD.

Antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications-In some cases of ADHD, antidepressants or anti-anxiety medications may be prescribed.

These medications can be given in addition to or in place of stimulants for the treatment of ADHD. The decision of using these medications is based on other symptoms in addition to the typical of ADHD alone.

Antidepressants affect the neurotransmitters seratonin or norepinephrine. Of late there are few serious concerns regarding the safety of some antidepressants like Paxil and Zoloft.

Antipsychotic or mood-stabilizing medications- in certain conditions that include symptoms of ADHD, other medications like Antipsychotic medications can be prescribed.

Antipsychotic medications are prescribed for children if the child or adult have seizure with symptoms of ADHD.The mood Stabilizers are in general not recommended for children or adolescents.

There are few side effects with ADHD medications. They are given below. They are decreased appetite or weight loss, headaches, Stomach upset nausea or vomiting, insomnia or sleep difficulties Jitteriness, nervousness, or irritability, lethargy, dizziness, or drowsiness, social withdrawal.

As we all know that all medications have side effects. Sometimes a change in dosage, brand or type of medication will reduce the side effects.

The problem with medications for ADHD is that they are most often prescribed for young children; hence it is very difficult to find out the side effects as the children will not be able express themselves clearly.




 


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