When it comes to prescribing stimulants, however, doctors shouldn’t simply treat ADHD adults as extra-large children. More so than kids, adult patients are often taking medications for other conditions (such as depression or anxiety disorders) that could interact with ADHD meds. Many adults also struggle with heart-related problems such as high blood pressure, which stimulants may exacerbate. Other side effects, including loss of appetite and insomnia, may occur in patients of all agesalthough they often subside in the first few weeks of treatment.
Still, medication is widely accepted as the most effective treatment for ADHD. It can drastically improve the quality of life for people who otherwise have trouble succeeding at work, maintaining relationships, and accomplishing their goals. Stimulants can start working in a matter of days, faster than the only approved nonstimulant ADHD medication, Strattera.