Wellbutrin is helpful for cocaine addicts with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), according to doctors at Columbia University's Department of Psychiatry.
Their research also appeared to show that Wellbutrin was as effective for the treatment of adult ADHD as Ritalin.
The patients who participated in the study reported a significant decrease in their craving and short-term use of cocaine.
Subjects also reported improved attention, and decrease in impulsive behaviors.
What Is Wellbutrin?
Wellbutrin (Bupropion) is a prescription medication used to treat depression, anxiety, and other mental health conditions. It is also used to aid in smoking cessation.
works by interacting with the neurochemicals in the body that
contribute to depression symptoms. It is also taken by those with dual
disorders, such as those who suffer from depression plus another mental
illnesses such as anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and others.
The Link Between Substance Abuse And ADHD
Those who suffer from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder are at increased risk of developing substance abuse disorders. For example, cocaine users are more than 4 times as likely to have ADHD than those who don't use cocaine.
This has lead researchers to suggest perhaps many cocaine users suffer from undiagnosed cases of ADHD and are self-medicating.
Stimulants such as cocaine can boost attention in those with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and stimulants tend to have an opposite effect on people with ADHD. This is why most major ADHD medications such as Ritalin are stimulant derived.
However, the potential life-threatening risks associated with cocaine such as heart attack, respiratory failure, stroke, seizure, addiction and death outweigh possible benefits of relieving symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
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