Treating ADHD With Meds

Dexedrine was developed in the 1920's. It was initially used to treat depression and obesity. Since that time strict controls have reduced its medical use greatly.

The use of Dexedrine to control attention deficit hyperactive disorder children with behavior problems has been in practice since the 1920. But drug trials were not performed until the 1930. The FDA finally approved dextroamphetamine usage only in 1958.

In the 1950 partly synthetic derivative, called methylphenidate was developed. It was marketed as Ritalin. It' prime action was reduce the side effects of appetite suppression and insomnia.

Since patients who were targeted were mostly children, Ritalin became the medicine of choice to treat ADHD. This new compound of Dexedrine is preferred worldwide because of its longer action.

It has more side effects on appetite suppression and also insomnia. But it is certainly smoother than Ritalin; hence patients are very much in comfort with it. Ritalin causes more nausea and stomach discomfort.

It may also produce more moodiness. Both Ritalin and Dexedrine are short acting [last about 4 hours].the short acting tablet comes in 5 mg dosages. It reaches a peak level within two hours after usage.

The longer acting capsule is also available. It comes in 5 mg, 10 mg, and 15 mg doses.This reaches a peak blood level 8 to 10 hours after the usage. This should be administered s once daily dosing with a single capsule.

The possible Side effects are agitation, irritability, insomnia, dry mouth, headache, nausea, and loss of weight. The Other side effects are reduced stature, ticks, stomachaches, and moodiness.

Drug therapy is an essential component of treating ADHD. There are many types of drugs that can be administered to control symptoms. Attention deficit hyperactive disorder medicines are available in short-acting, intermediate-acting and long-acting forms.

It is always decided by the doctor to decide on the type medicine to use to treat ADHD. of course it takes some time may take some time for the physician to find the best medication, dosage and schedule for an individual with ADHD.

Stimulants -A class of drugs called psycho stimulants or stimulants have been used effectively in treating ADHD for many years. These medicines help users to concentrate or focus their thoughts and not to get distracted. Stimulant medications gives best results 70% to 80% of patients.

They are used to treat both mild and acute ADHD. The drugs can be used in adolescents or children over 6 yrs of age who are having difficulty with ADHD symptoms both at school or at work or as well as at home.

Some of the Stimulant drugs that are used to treat ADHD are mentioned here. They are Adderall, Concerta, Cyclert, Dexedrine, Focalin, Metadate CD and Metadate ER Methlin , Ritalin, and Ritalin LA. In 2003,a drug called strattera , a nonstimulant medication, was approved by the Food and Drug

Administration of united states. It was used in adults, children and adolescents. It is the first treatment approved to treat ADHD symptoms in adults.

When stimulants or no stimulants [ Strattera] are not effective or not tolerated well, several other medications are used to treat ADHD. These medications include are Pamelor, antidepressants Catapres, Tenex, Wellbutrin, and Effexor.


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