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An Overview of the Best ADHD Medications and Treatments

guanfacine adhdAs you know, we have spent quite a bit of time looking for the best alternative ADHD medications, and we believe that we have found some good ones. You can find out a bit about each of the four we have found, to date, by clicking the link.

There is a lot of research going on into ADHD supplements, and as you know, we try to keep you abreast of that research. We do this because we realize that the products we recommend do not work perfectly for everyone, so we are always on the lookout for new treatment options for those that suffer with attention deficit disorders.

For us it is important for our readers to be able to use us as a source of information. That is why below we are going to tell you a bit about traditional ADHD treatments and supplements.

These medications are prescription only, so we cannot provide you with links to buy them, but can tell you about them. That way you can discuss them with your doctor and consider using them if appropriate.

Guanfacine and ADHD

In most countries, Guanfacine is marketed as Tenex. In America, the FDA has approved Tenex for ADHD treatment. Specifically it is approved for the treatment of children aged between 6 and 17.

Exactly why the drug helps young ADHD sufferers is not fully understood. However, it is believed to strengthen the body’s ability to regulate the prefrontal cortex. This area is known to play a big role in behavior and the ability to focus and concentrate.

Animal studies showed it to have a moderate impact on cognitive factors. It enhanced impulse control and improved memory.

In adults, suffering from ADHD it has very little benefit. However, it can help to treat traumatic brain injuries to the frontal lobe. This has led some to conclude that this drug is only effective if the brain is in development or repair mode. Research is ongoing.

The Side Effects of Guanfacine

As with all drugs, there are side effects. The most common ones are confusion, dizziness, confusion, weakness and sweating. Occasionally people also suffer from chest pain, breathing difficulties and depression.

The likelihood of side effects is partly dependent on the dose. Normally, the higher the dose is the more likely side effects are.

ADHD Medication Vyvanse

If you are looking for effective ADD medication, Vyvanse is worth considering. This is one of the trade names for Lisdexamfetamine. It is also sold as Tyvense, Elvanse and Venvanse.

This drug is typically used to treat children aged between 6 and 12. It can also be used for adults, but only as a part of a treatment plan, that includes other elements such as cognitive training and/or social or educational treatments.

The Side Effects of Vyvanse

The list of possible side effects for Vyvanse seems long and you need to be aware of all of them and tell your doctor if you notice any of them. However, many people take the drug without serious side effects.

Side effects include:

  • Nausea
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  • Loss of appetite
  • Dry mouth
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Nervousness
  • Weight loss
  • Irritability
  • Nervousness or restlessness

It is especially important to tell your doctor if you feel lightheaded. This is because this drug can affect blood pressure. It can also cause your heart rate to change.

If a child is taking this drug, you need to be sure to check regularly with them that they are feeling OK. Spotting side effects in children can be problematic because they do not really understand or notice the side effects.

Dextroamphetamine Sulfate for ADHD

Dextroamphetamine is used in many countries to treat ADHD. The sulfate version has the advantage of being instant release. This has allowed it to be added to products like chewing gum, which is easier to get children to take their medication.

The Side Effects of Dextrostat

There are quite a few side effects of Dexedrine, Dextrostat or Dexamphetamine, which are all trade names of  Dextroamphetamine.

Here is a basic list:

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  • Changes in heartbeat
  • Feeling light headed
  • High blood pressure
  • Hallucinations
  • Headaches
  • Dry mouth
  • Loss of appetite
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Motor tics

Some people are allergic to this drug. In those cases swelling, difficulty breathing and hives can all occur as well as the side effects listed above.

The Best ADHD Medication for Children

We are regularly asked which ADHD medication is best for children, and we would love to answer this question. Naturally, we have an opinion about this, but we feel that if you have a child with ADHD you need to be cautious about how you treat it.

Rather than make a specific recommendation we always advice parents to work hand in hand with the medical profession. At the same time, our advice is for parents to read up on the research and use websites like this one as a source of information. Armed with additional information parents can ensure that all treatment avenues are explored and better understand the particular form of ADHD their child is suffering from.

You need to discuss any medications or supplements you give your child for ADHD with your doctor. This approach is the safest one. In the end will allow you to determine which treatment option is best for your child.

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  • ReanAfiq February 12, 2016, 6:35 pm

    When thinking about how few brakes students get in school, also consider that some children are worn out because they started school before they were ready. All the fun is gone before they actually are interested in the 3 R’s. The word drudgery comes to mind. Then add the electronic changes society has experienced. Who wants to sit still, and look at a silent static white page with black lines after TV and computer games filled with high action, bright colors, and loud sound??? So, I’d suggest along with better nutrition and fresh air that parents also consider the over-stimulation of neuro-sensors and unplug rapid firing machines, replacing them with silence, nature sounds or soft music. Time to think, contemplate , and dream without interference might be a wonderful relief for students under heavy pressure to please adults. I prefer percocious kids to zombies, but some (just some) lazy teachers don’t want the challenge. P.S. I’ve seen a huge change in school success since teachers began to marry and have their own families. When teachers were primarily old maids , their time and devotion were not divided. All their energy went into their charges. So I’d say ADHD is a convenient excuse to avoid real issues and solutions. When there’s effect, look for the cause, not the symtom.

    • Amelia February 27, 2016, 12:24 am

      Hello, ReanAfiq!

      Thank you for your thoughts here! Verry appreciate that. I agree with you that our today’s world adds many distractions to our children, like computer games, TV, etc. I think also that living in a big crowd megapolis vs living in small villages in country outside is adding to those distractions too. The life is so fast and nervous in the megapolis. I agree that many people will not be able to change that lifestyle by country village life, but they have to admit these drawbacks.

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