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What are some benefits of stimulant medications for ADHD?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Medicine
Stimulant medications are often the most effective treatment at reducing attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms. These medications work directly on changing the way the brain works, allowing us to be more productive at work and school. Stimulant medications reduce the primary symptoms of ADHD, including difficulty paying attention and overactivity. When stimulants change our brain functioning, we are able to be more organized, follow others' instructions, and have more positive interactions with others. This allows us to function better in social and professional settings. If you plan on taking stimulant medications for ADHD, understand that the medications affect each person differently, and it may take some time to find the right formula and dose that works for you.
Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Stimulants provide you with a steady supply of the chemical in your brain that allows you to pay attention (dopamine). Taking stimulants as directed allows you to continuously concentrate throughout the day.
But there are important side effects from these medicines, so do not request them without a thorough discussion with at least two docs (we believe a second opinion is warranted for any medical treatment whose effects or duration is greater than three days).

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