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Published on: 6/11/2024

What medications are used to treat ADHD?

Yes, there are several drugs to treat ADHD that are both stimulants and non-stimulants. Additionally, behavioral health therapy along with lifestyle modifications are also recommended.

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There are several different types of medications that fall into two categories: stimulants and non-stimulants.

Stimulants work by increasing neurotransmitters in the brain leading to improved focus and attention. While they have different brand names, they are all variants of amphetamine and methylphenidate.

Non-stimulants work through a variety of other mechanisms. They include medications like guanfacine, clonidine, atomoxetine and viloxazine.

In addition to or in place of medications, behavioral modifications and strengthening coping strategies are also recommended. Please consult with your provider to review your options.


  • Groom MJ, Cortese S. Current Pharmacological Treatments for ADHD. Curr Top Behav Neurosci. 2022;57:19-50. doi: 10.1007/7854_2022_330. PMID: 35507282.

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