Most Adult ADHD medications are usually some form of mild stimulants. According to studies, they are successful for 70% of adults suffering from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
These natural supplements do not have negative side effects or addictive properties, and there are no withdrawal symptoms associated with amphetamine-based stimulants.
Antidepressants are often prescribed with adult ADD medications to treat ADHD, since those with ADHD are also at higher risk for developing depression, anxiety, and other conditions. (See article about the link between ADHD and depression.
Also, Clonidine, a high blood pressure medication, has been found to be useful in the treatment of ADHD. Furthermore, according to research conducted by Columbia University, those in recovery from cocaine addiction who also suffer from ADHD benefited from treatment with Wellbutrin. (See article: Wellbutrin Is Helpful For Cocaine Addicts With ADHD.
These medications should not be used alone, because any ADHD drug treatments should be part of a comprehensive treatment program that can include some combination of therapy, ADHD diet, exercise, yoga, meditation, coaching, etc.
Studies show that combination treatments result in better outcomes. Treatment teams can include psychiatrists (who prescribe ADHD medications), social workers, other trained therapists/counselors, coaches, etc.
Also, it is important to note that psychiatric medications affect people differently. What works for your neighbor may not work for you. Often, dosage levels and medication times must be adjusted in order to find a proper balance.
As a result, it is important to attend regular medication monitoring appointments with the prescribing doctor. This is an opportunity to ask questions and report any negative side effects. If you feel your voice is not heard then seek one who will listen.
Do not alter doses, skip does, or stop taking medications cold turkey without first consulting your doctor as dangerous withdrawal or other complications can result. In addition, it is preferable to find a doctor or psychiatrist who specializes in treating ADHD rather than rely on a primary care physician.
There are effective alternatives to adult ADD/ADHD medications for those who cannot tolerate stimulants or for those who stimulants are ineffective.
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