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So why do doctors give stimulants to kids with ADHD? It seems so counter-intuitive. A quick internet search will give you the medical explanation that ADHD stimulant medications increase dopamine and norepinepherine neurotransmitters in the brain and also increase blood flow to the brain.
While this is true, this explanation still leaves many parents confused as to why stimulants work. As a pediatrician and a parent, I would like to offer another way of thinking about this paradox. Kids with ADHD are constantly self-stimulating.
Their thought processes are non-linear. They talk while brushing their teeth and wiggling their foot at the same time. They seem to do everything except follow directions. When you give a stimulant to such a child, they no longer have such an urgent need to self-stimulate.
Non-medication stimulants also work, although for limited amounts of time. If you give an ADHD child a lollypop, which provides oral stimulation, they are more likely to listen and follow directions.
ADHD kids usually have no problem paying attention to video games, which provide constant visual, auditory, and tactile stimulation. Reading books and following directions, however, are not stimulating activities.
ADHD kids will try to get through these experiences by self-stimulating through wiggling, talking, etc. If you give them a stimulant medication, they no longer have the need to self-stimulate. According to a recent survey by the Center for Disease Control, nearly 1 in 10 U.
About two thirds of these children take a medication. Many parents are hesitant to give their children a stimulant medication.
In part because of this parental resistance to stimulant medications, drug companies are now marketing new non-stimulant drugs for ADHD, including Straterra and Intuniv. These drugs are heavily marketed with a stress on the fact that they are non-stimulants.
They are also appropriate for patients with certain types of heart disease that cannot take stimulant medications. Yet, there is a reason why the vast majority of ADHD medications are stimulants—they work.
As a pediatrician, I do not feel that non-stimulant medications for ADHD have been in use long enough to really show their long-term efficacy. Many of these drugs are mild sedatives. It is my best medical opinion that sedating medications may meet the needs of teachers and parents more than the needs of the child.Stimulants are the most commonly prescribed medications for ADHD.
They’re often the first course of drugs used for ADHD treatment. You might hear this class of drugs called central nervous.
Stimulants like Ritalin have a high potential for abuse and addiction, especially among people who do not have ADHD. It is a “Schedule II Stimulant,” a designation that the Drug Enforcement Agency uses for drugs with a high potential for abuse. Other Schedule II drugs include Dexedrine, Ritalin, and cocaine.
Stimulants are the most commonly prescribed medications for ADHD.
They’re often the first course of drugs used for ADHD treatment. They’re often the first course of drugs used for ADHD treatment. What effect does caffeine have on ADHD?
For most people, not much. Although caffeine is a mild stimu- lant, its effects simply aren't strong enough to affect ADHD. Can stimulants be used if my child is also on other medications? It depends on the medication. Stimulants should never be used in combination with MAO inhibitor antidepressants.
Combining these drugs can raise blood pressure to extremely . Medication is an important part of your ADHD treatment. Many types of drugs can be used to control symptoms of the disorder. Stimulants for ADHD. What Other Medications Might Help? Popular ADHD Drugs & Adderall Replacements. The majority of adhd medication handed out are of the CNS stimulant variety.
Ritalin (methylphenidate), Adderall, Adderall XR, Vyvanse, Dexedrine and others are handed out to children and adults alike at alarming rates.5/5.