ADHD and Non-stimulants
In roughly 20 percent of the cases of people with ADHD, stimulants don’t work. This is the main reason why some individuals will turn to a non-stimulant instead. Individuals may also choose a non-stimulant due to the adverse side effects of stimulants. That said, all medications have side effects; non-stimulants are no exception. Finally, a third reason why individuals may choose a non-stimulant is to treat an associated disorder at the same time. For the purpose of treating ADHD, non-stimulants are grouped under the following types: antidepressants, antihypertensives, mood stabilizers and neuroleptic drugs. A fifth type, unceremoniously known as simply “non-stimulant,” is used to categorize the selective norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor atomoxetine.
Effect of Atomoxetine on ADHD
Atomoxetine is a selective norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor. This means that is blocks the reabsorption of norepinephrine, increasing its overall availability. Unlike stimulants that work on the...
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Effect of Antidepressants on ADHD
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Effect of Antihypertensives on ADHD
Antihypertensives selectively stimulate the receptors associated with the neurotransmitters norepinephrine and epinephrine in the brain. The result is an increase in an individual’s ability to...
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Effect of Mood Stabilizers on ADHD
Mood stabilizers work in a variety of ways. Lithium, for example, increases the amount of serotonin—a known mood stabilizer in the brain. Carbamazepine, volproic acid, and lamotrigine, on the other...
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Effect of Narcoleptic drugs on ADHD
A prohistamine, modafinil promotes wakefulness by stimulating the histamine in the brain. Specifically, modafinil helps to promote frontal-lobe functions such as decision-making, organization, time...
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