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Use of Medication in The Treatment of Adult ADHD

20/08/2013
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There are many facets to treat adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). However, medications still remain a go-to option for treatment of the condition. To optimise your treatment, your doctor may prescribe you to take medications such as a stimulant along with cognitive behavioural therapy.

You may be prescribed with the same types of medications that children with ADHD take, according to WebMD.

The stimulants used may be one of the following:

  • Ritalin
  • Concerta
  • Elvanse

Selecting the Right Medications for You

Selecting the right medications for you must be done without making any of your other health problems worse. Since ADHD has strong genetic links, your psychiatrist may find out what medications other members of your family have taken without problematic side effects. These medications may also work well for you. In addition, there is a non-stimulant medication, Strattera, that is used in treating Adult ADHD in London.

Adults who will benefit from ADHD treatment in London are those who have been carefully screened to make sure that their medication won’t cause adverse side effects, or negatively impact another health problem they have.

Proper Assessment and Treatment

If your family history includes fainting or heart disease, then non-stimulants will be considered, as they have proven to be generally safe. You may have to have your pulse and blood pressure monitored, even if you take a non-stimulant medication.

The London Adult ADHD clinic where you seek treatment will usually start you on a low dosage of medicine, in order to accurately gauge your tolerance.  Side effects of stimulants may include changes in pulse and blood pressure, insomnia, and agitation. Non-stimulants can also have these side effects and sometimes cause nausea.

When do You Stop Medicating?

Once patients are not in school anymore, their length of time on medications will depend on their stressors and their situation. The decision to stay on a medication for the foreseeable future is an individual one. The goal of your specialist is to assist you in maintaining your improvement and in making positive and meaningful changes for the better, in your life.

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