Several different forms of medication exist for treating ADHD. Stimulants, including Ritalin and Adderall, are very common among children with ADHD. The drugs do have side effects, including sleeplessness, potential growth problems, stomach pain, headache or depression. Strattera is the first non-stumlant drug approved for ADHD, and it works by increasing levels of select chemicals in the brain. Antidepressants have also been used off-label to treat ADHD.
Stimulant medications can be very helpful in treating certain medical conditions. Besides ADHD, these medications may be prescribed to treat narcolepsy and, if other medications have not been effective, depression. In the past, stimulant medications were also used to treat asthma, respiratory disorders and abuse. However, since the potential for…