I have had ADHD my entire life, as a child I used to bang my head on the wall to fall asleep, among other symptoms. ADHD wasn’t invented yet for a lack of a better term.
Accordingly I was not diagnosed until my twenties. I initially have tried almost every medication, Stimulant and Non-Stimulant. I share my extensive knowledge and experience to form this post. Although I am not a Doctor and only a Doctor can diagnose and make a treatment plan.
The list of Medications is from the FDA
The attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD or ADD) medications prescribed to both children and adults are categorized as stimulant — amphetamine or methylphenidate — or non-stimulant.
Stimulants are considered the treatment of choice for ADHD. Non-stimulants are prescribed to patients who don’t tolerate or see benefits from stimulants.
Certain non-stimulants, particularly alpha agonists, are prescribed with medication to treat symptoms that stimulants do not alleviate.
Here is the list of most prescribed ADHD Medications:
- Adderall XR (amphetamine)
- Concerta (methylphenidate)
- Dexedrine (amphetamine)
- Evekeo (amphetamine)
- Focalin XR (dexmethylphenidate)
- Quillivant XR (methylphenidate)
- Ritalin (methylphenidate)
- Strattera (atomoxetine hydrochloride)
- Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine dimesylate)
- Atomoxetine (Strattera) (selective norepinephine reuptake inhibitor)
Why are these medications are called stimulants
ADHD is a neurologically based disorder, resulting from the deficiency of a neurotransmitter, or a group of neurotransmitters, in specific areas of the brain.
The key neurotransmitter involved is norepinephrine, along with its building blocks, dopa and dopamine. In theory, the primary medications used to treat ADHD stimulate specific cells within the brain to produce more of the deficient neurotransmitter.
Although in children and adults a common theme is restlessness and the inability to concentrate.
Stimulant medications work paradoxically in the brain. People with ADHD generally have racing or disorganized thoughts and have difficulty processing thoughts. Stimulants slow down the thought process in people with ADHD alleviating the symptoms
- Atomoxetine (Strattera) lets norepinephrine work longer in the brain.
- Clonidine (Kapvay) is used to reduce hyperactivity, impulsiveness, and distractibility in people with ADHD. …
- Guanfacine (Intuniv)