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Long-Acting Stimulant Meds for ADD
This week the news brought word of two new medications approved by The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for Attention Deficit Disorder. One, Contempla, is aimed at children aged 6-17 years old. The other, Mydayis, was approved for ages 13-years old to adults. These are long-acting medications. With these two medications, stimulant treatment options for ADD/ADHD have expanded.
Contempla XR-ODT is a methylphenidate option that dissolves in the mouth. It does not need water or to be swallowed, which makes it easier to administer. Its effectiveness is similar to other methylphenidate options. The drug starts working in about an hour and lasts up to 12 hours. In drug trials, Contempla XR-ODT controlled symptoms of ADD better in a classroom setting than the placebo control did. The drug has ease of dosing and long-lasting effect as its benefits to folks with ADD/ADHD.
Mydayis is a long-acting amphetamine which will be prescribed for adults and children aged 13 years and older with ADHD. Children aged 12 years and younger should not be prescribed this medication. Mydayis contains three different types of beads that release the drugs at different rates. The drugs that are included in this formulation are dextroamphetamine sulfate and amphetamine sulfate, dextroamphetamine saccharate and amphetamine aspartate monohydrate.
Both the Cotempla XR-ODT and the Mydayis medications have stimulants as their mode of action. For some people, including people with cardiovascular disease, hypertension, and glaucoma, these medications have contraindications. Always explore the benefits and risks of any medication with your trusted medical professional.
For people who respond well to medications without having serious adverse effects, meds can be life changing. Attention Deficit Disorder is a neurological difference that can make living in our industrialized society difficult. It is characterized by the negative symptoms of impulsivity, disorganization, and distraction, which can affect many arenas in a person's professional and personal life. If medication is not an option, there are other interventions, but overall they are usually not as effective as properly prescribed medication.
This well-researched book has many great ideas for dealing with the negative symptoms of ADD. It is especially useful if the person is not able to take medication. Non-medical options are discussed in depth.
Commanding Attention: A Parent and Patient Guide to More ADHD Treatment
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