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ADHD Prescription Drugs (cont.)

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For what conditions are ADHD medications used?

Some stimulant ADHD medications are used for treating both ADHD and narcolepsy, a condition in which there is excessive daytime One non-stimulant medication, atomoxetine (Strattera), is indicated only for ADHD.

Other non-stimulant ADHD medications include Kapvay (extended-release clonidine) and Intuniv (extended-release guanfacine). Kapvay and Intuniv are FDA-approved to treat ADHD in children and adolescents 6 to 17 years old. However, they have not been studied extensively in adults and are therefore not FDA-approved for adult ADHD treatment. However, a small placebo-controlled, double-blinded crossover study showed a possible benefit of using immediate-release guanfacine to treat ADHD in adults.

Immediate-release clonidine and guanfacine are indicated for high blood pressure.

In addition, medications used to treat depression, including tricyclic antidepressants (amitriptyline, imipramine) as well as bupropion (Wellbutrin), may be used in ADHD treatment.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/24/2014


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