ADHD stands for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Some people may have ADD instead without being hyperactive, but many physicians look at the two as one condition.
ADHD is more common in active males, and ADD is more common in quiet females.
Symptoms of ADHD include hyperactivity, impulsive behavior, poor time management skills, poor concentration, trouble multitasking, easily frustrated and more.
If you suspect you or a loved one is suffering from ADHD/ADD you may want to consider medications.
Let’s take a look at the list of medications for this condition.
Stimulants for ADHD
Stmulant medications are the most commonly prescribed drug for this condition.
These medications work by increasing the neurotransmitters dopamine and norepinephrine in the brain.
Amphetamines come in dextroamphetamine and lisdexamfetamine forms. They come in immediate release form and/or extended release form.
Adderall XR is the most common ADHD medication you have probably heard about.
Other amphetamines include:
There is also Methamphetamine known as Desoxyn.
Methylphenidates are stimulant medications commonly prescribed. They come in immediate release, controlled release, extended release forms and transdermal patches.
Come with Side Effects
Some side effects may include sleep problems, loss of appetite, weight loss, dizziness, irritability, mood changes, heaches, upset stomach and more.
Let’s take a look at other medications.
Non-Stimulants for ADHD
These medications are also used to treat ADHD and can be less addictive than stimulant medications.
They affect the brain rather differently than the stimulants. These drugs help with symptoms such as concentration and focus, without increasing the neurotransmitter dopamine.
Comes with Side Effects
Some side effects may still occur with these medications. These include upset stomach, fatigue, nausea, loss of appetite, weight loss, mood swings, dizziness and more.
Wellbutrin for ADHD
Wellbutrin is a medication that is used for depression, and sometimes ADHD. It works on the neurotransmitters dopamine and norepinephrine. It is a mild dopamine and norepinephrine reuptake blocker.
Comes with Side Effects
Some side effects may occur when you start Wellbutrin. These include nausea, vomiting, dizziness, constipation, blurred vision and more.
If you think your symptoms are dopamine and norepinephrine related. You might want to consult your physician about this medicine.
If you are unsure you can go to the Neurotransmitters section to find out more about how dopamine and neuropinephrine effect mental health.