Tag Archives: Adderall

Pharmacotherapy of Adult ADHD

Originally conceptualized as a disorder of childhood (), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is increasingly recognized in adults. attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is estimated to affect 2-9% of school-age children and up to 5% of adults (). Although some investigators question the persistence of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in adulthood (), long-term controlled follow-up studies… Read More »

Stimulants in the treatment of adults with ADHD

Stimulant treatment of adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder can be characterized as follows. Stimulants represent the first-line pharamcotherapy for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in adults. The two main types of stimulants, methylphenidate and amphetamine compounds, have different effects and are metabolized differently. Methylphenidate does not show up on urine drug screens. Stimulants are not… Read More »

How is menopause likely to affect my ADHD symptoms?

As you enter your late 40s and early 50s, it is important that you become aware of several perimenopausal and menopausal issues that affect women, but especially those with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. First, menopause comes with a whole host of symptoms, including memory problems and mood changes, in addition to hot flashes, insomnia, and other physical… Read More »

What medications are used to treat ADHD in women and girls?

Research and clinical experience have shown that stimulant medications are the most effective first-line treatment for ADHD in both males and females. Currently, there are many medication formulations, including stimulants (methylphenidate and amphetamine preparations) and nonstimulants for the treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Although a few skeptics continue to voice concerns over the prescription of medication… Read More »

Information about ADHD for Patients and Families

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common psychiatric disorder in young and school-aged children. However, it is not merely a childhood disorder. In recent years, an increasing number of adults have been diagnosed with ADHD, raising some concern that it may be overdiagnosed. Estimates of the prevalence (i.e., percentage of the population affected) of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder… Read More »

Extrapyramidal Side Effects

Common, Predictable, Rarely Serious extrapyramidal side effects refers to untoward neurological manifestations of neuroleptic treatment (other nonneuroleptic medications may also elicit these symptoms). extrapyramidal side effects includes a constellation of symptoms such as tremor (Parkinsonian tremor), dystonias (acute dystonias, athetosis, muscular rigidity, gait disturbance, and others), oculogyric crisis, and akathisia. Sialorrhea frequently accompanies other extrapyramidal… Read More »