Stimulant Medications as Attention Deficit Disorder Cure: Benefits and Side Effects

In most cases, medication is used as a main treatment for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. However, best results for treatment can only be achieved through the combination of the two types of treatment. Medication as a main attention deficit disorder cure is very complex and would need a lot of understanding.

Medication used for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder has two sub-types namely, stimulants and non-stimulants. Most stimulants come in the form of Amphetamine and Methylphenidate. The main role of these stimulants is to increase the dopamine level within the brain which is primarily concerned with the brain’s capability with focus, attention, pleasure, and movement. Stimulants work in the brain slowly but surely, steadily increasing the dopamine inside the brain. Provided below is a list of examples of stimulants used as attention deficit disorder cure:

• Adderall XR
• Concerta
• Cylert
• Daytrana
• Dexedrine Dextrostat
• Focalin
• Ritalin
• Strattera
• Tenex

Benefits of Stimulants
Most of the stimulants have already been proven effective when it comes to overcoming hyperactivity and impulsivity and improving the person’s capability to focus and provide attention to tasks assigned. These drugs are also known to improve coordination which greatly improves a person’s performance in sports and hand writing. The technological and research advances of today have helped in the development of longer lasting stimulants which has significantly cut the twice daily dosage into once a day. With the supervision of a physician, taking stimulants as attention deficit disorder cure is generally safe and effective.

Stimulants as attention deficit disorder cure have almost the same type of side effects that can also be experienced by other forms of medications such as non-stimulants and anti-depressants. However, these side-effects are often mild and have never been severe. These side effects include:

• Low on appetite – decreased appetite is a common side-effect on many synthetic drugs. Taking stimulants can lessen the person’s appetite mostly on lunch but oftentimes appetite resumes to normal during supper.
• Insomnia – inability to fall asleep or decreased hours of sleep is another common side-effect. As for individuals with ADHD, sleep is one important factor in overcoming stress that commonly leads to worsening the disability’s symptoms. To help a person get more sleep, a glass of milk before going to bed is recommended.
• Increased anxiety and irritability – such a side-effect can also be expected from taking stimulants. But then, patients should not be alarmed for this particular side-effect is just temporary.


Wikipedia. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Retrieved March 25, 2011 from

Ben Martin. Treatment for Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD). Retrieved March 25, 2011 from


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