Wellbutrin is helpful for cocaine addicts with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), according to doctors at Columbia University's Department of Psychiatry.
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.
It 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 Columbia University Department Of Psychiatry Study research 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. Perhaps this is not surprising as Wellbutrin has many stimulant properties and, as a result, is similar to the stimulant medications used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
So while Wellbutrin may be similar in some respects to ADHD medications such as Ritalin, Adderall,etc. it may have other unique properies that make it useful in treating ADHD.
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.