Which Treatments Are Effective for Treating ADD in Adults?


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Treatments that are effective for attention deficit disorder in adults are the same as those used to treat children, which are stimulants including Ritalin, Concerta, Adderall, Focalin and Quillivant, according to WebMD. As of 2015, many doctors also prescribe Strattera, a nonstimulant approved for treating the disorder in adults.

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Which Treatments Are Effective for Treating ADD in Adults?
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Other medications such as Vyvanse, Intuniv, Catapres and Wellbutrin, an antidepressant, are effective in treating children with ADD and may be effective for adult patients, notes WebMD. Common side effects of stimulants include insomnia, agitation, and pulse and blood pressure changes. Strattera has similar side effects along with nausea. ADD medications are generally safe to take on a short-term basis, but adults with coronary disease and fainting in their family history need to be aware how stimulant and nonstimulant ADD medications can affect them. Patients taking Strattera should also monitor their pulse and blood pressure.

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