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How do psychostimulants help treat ADHD?

Psychostimulant medications -- which include methylphenidate, dexmethylphenidate, and amphetamines -- are the most common kind of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) medication. They help ADHD sufferers feel calm by increasing levels of dopamine in the brain. These medicines can also improve concentration and focus and decrease impulsivity. Stimulants are available in both short- and long-acting forms.

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