ADHD Medications for Adults (cont.)
Annette (Gbemudu) Ogbru, PharmD, MBA
Dr. Gbemudu received her B.S. in Biochemistry from Nova Southeastern University, her PharmD degree from University of Maryland, and MBA degree from University of Baltimore. She completed a one year post-doctoral fellowship with Rutgers University and Bristol Myers Squibb.
Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD
Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.
In this Article
- Overview of Adult ADHD
- For what conditions are ADHD medications used?
- What are the different types of ADHD drugs?
- What are the non-stimulating ADHD medications for adults?
- Are there differences among ADHD drugs?
- What are the side effects of ADHD drugs?
- What are the warnings/precautions when using ADHD drugs?
- ADHD medications for adults with anxiety
- ADHD medications for adults with high blood pressure
- What are the drug interactions of ADHD drugs?
- What are some examples of ADHD drugs?
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.
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