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ADHD Medications
(Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Drugs)

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Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) medications facts

  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (often referred to as ADD or ADHD) is a disorder that is characterized by hyperactivity or restlessness, trouble concentrating, and/or trouble controlling one's impulses.
  • People with ADHD have many chemicals in their brain that are not present in the proper amounts in the proper places at the proper times.
  • ADHD medications are designed to increase the ability of the ADHD sufferer to pay attention and manage their impulses and activity level.
  • Most ADHD medications tend to increase the amount of the neurotransmitters dopamine (DA) and/or norepinephrine.
  • Marijuana's addiction potential, side effects, and the lack of research of its benefits for ADHD keep the use of this drug from being a viable treatment.
  • The types of ADHD medicines include stimulants and nonstimulants, the latter including medications that usually treat depression.
  • ADHD medications now come in pill, patch, or liquid forms.
  • Precautions that are often taken when ADHD drugs are prescribed usually involve the prescribing doctor using a variety of ways to make sure the person is healthy.
  • As with many medications, ADHD medications can be associated with certain interactions with other medications, some of which may be dangerous.

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