on ADHD Medications for People with ADHD
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Resources for Medical Professionals page. The articles
below are for individuals with ADD.
Also take a look at my ADHD
Medication Companies Websites Chart to go to the website
of the companies that make the major ADHD drugs.
While these articles may be useful to you it is important
to discuss medication with your doctor or psychiatrist to
make sure that the medication you take is right for you,
medication (s) and doses that works for other people may or
may not work for you.
to Reduce the Side Effects of ADHD Medications
good ideas on how to reduce ADHD medication side effects
up an ADHD Medication Log
My suggestions on setting up an ADHD med log to track how
your ADD medication is working and side effects. This can
really help your doctor manage your medications better.
Goes over the different classes of ADHD medications, and the
medications within each class.
Addicts Take Medication to treat their ADHD?
"Yes, but certain precautions must be taken to ensure
that the patient not fall into a pattern of abuse." Pete's comment - Chose the meds carefully, such as non stimulants like Straterra, Wellbutrin or longer acting stimulant meds such as Concerta or Vyvanse
on Methylphenidate Less Likely to Abuse Drugs
Pre-teens who have been treated with methylphenidate may develop
an aversion to abusable drugs, according to a team of researchers
from Harvard Medical School. The Harvard study also rebuts
arguments that treating children with stimulants such as Ritalin,
Concerta or other medications containing methylphenidate may
lead to later substance abuse.
Stimulant Therapy of ADHD Beget Later Substance Abuse?
A Meta-analytic Review of the Literature. By the Clinical
Research Program in Pediatric Psychopharmacology, Massachusetts
General Hospital, Boston, Harvard Medical School, Pediatrics
2003. Conclusion? No. They found it actually reduced the risk
of later substance abuse.
Managment for Adult, Children and Adolescents
the National Resource Center on ADHD
Chart to Treat ADHD
From ADDWarehouse.com Very good comparison chart of ADD meds.
Lists drug name, form, dosing, common side effects, duration
of effects, pros of the drug, and precautions.
"Medscape offers specialists, primary care physicians,
and other health professionals the Web's most robust and integrated
medical information and education tools. After a simple, one
time, free registration, Medscape automatically delivers to
you the specialty site that best fits your profile."
This is their ADHD Section, requires free registration.
Search for ADHD
allows you to search Medscape for articles on ADHD medications
i.e., ritalin, straterra, concerta etc or just general medical
research on ADHD. Requires free registration.
From Healthyplace.com. Lists description, pharmacology, indications
and usage, contraindications, warnings, precaution,s drug
interactions, adverse reactions, overdose dosage, and how
Knowledge of Stimulant Medication and ADHD
From LDonline.org 2003.
This study was designed to assess general and special education
teachers' knowledge, opinions, and experience related to the
diagnosis of ADHD and its treatment with stimulant medication.
Results revealed that teachers had limited knowledge about
ADHD and the use of psychostimulant medication.
Teachers' opinions about the effect of stimulant medication
on school-related behaviors were generally positive, although
special education teachers were more positive than general
The survey confirmed previous research indicating that teachers
were the school personnel who most frequently recommended
an assessment for ADHD.
The results are discussed In terms of their educational significance
and implications for teacher preparation and continuing education.
VICKI E. SNIDER, PhD, is the coordinator of the Program in
Learning Disabilities at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire