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Medications and behavioral therapy can help alleviate the symptoms of adult ADHD. The US Food and Drug Administration has approved two drugs for treating adult ADHD, but the decision to take medication should be considered carefully and discussed with your physician. Although ADHD medication gives needed support, the patient must succeed on his or her own. To meet this challenge, "psychoeducation" and individual psychotherapy can be very helpful parts of treatment.
Although there is no cure for adult ADHD, treatment with medications and behavioral therapy can help with the symptoms of the condition.
The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved five drugs for treating adult ADHD. These include:
- Amphetamine-dextroamphetamine extended release (Adderall XR®)
- Methylphenidate extended release (Concerta®)
- Lisdexamfetamine dimesylate (Vyvanse™)
- Dexmethylphenidate extended release (Focalin XR®).
The decision to take medication should be considered carefully and discussed with a healthcare professional. Some drugs used for adult ADHD can be dangerous for people with certain medical conditions. They also have the potential for addiction and abuse.
Adults taking medications should be closely monitored by a physician.
(See Adult ADHD Medication for more information about the specific medications used for treating adult ADHD.)