The type of medications and dosage - or whether you need medication in the first place - is best determined by medical practitioners who can evaluate the benefits and risks associated with any of them. Of course it’s important to learn more about your own situation before seeking treatment and Done. offers a 1-minute assessment test to learn more.

The most commonly prescribed stimulant products include methylphenidate and amphetamine. Stimulants work by boosting and balancing the performance of neurotransmitters, which are naturally occurring brain chemicals.

Medications can help reduce symptoms of hyperactivity, inattentiveness, and inactivity. These behaviors can make day-to-day life a challenge for a variety of reasons and the right medications can ensure it’s all more manageable. 

Certain ADHD medications can also treat comorbid anxiety, while others, like stimulants, can potentially exacerbate anxiety symptoms. Another reason it’s imperative that a medical practitioner evaluate any patient’s needs in advance (e.g. not a good idea to borrow another person’s ADHD medication). 

Even caffeine can act as a minor stimulant and some people have reported it serves as an aid to develop greater concentration with ADHD. Of course too much of any medical substance - including coffee (caffeine) - can be damaging and worth monitoring for overdependence.

Other medications can include the non-stimulant atomoxetine and certain antidepressants like bupropion. These other medications tend to work slower with tackling ADHD but can be worthwhile options if stimulants create other health problems or side effects (e.g. nervousness, sleep problems, fatigue).

Medications often prescribed for ADHD

Stimulants:

Ritalin, Metadate, Daytrana patch, Focalin, Adderall, Evekeo

Non-stimulants:

Strattera, Intuniv, Kapvay

Finding the right medication for you begins with greater understanding and talking to a medical professional. Start by taking the Done. 1-minute assessment test to learn more.

Resources:

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/adult-adhd/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20350883

https://chadd.org/about-adhd/adhd-quick-facts-medication-in-adhd-treatment/

https://www.webmd.com/add-adhd/guide/adult-adhd-treatment-overview