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Stimulants As Treatment Considered For Adhd Patients
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Medications are considered in treating ADHD patients. As for medication, stimulants are considered to be on the top of any other medicines. Stimulants are found to be effective in treating the patients’ inattention and hyperactivity. However, the use of stimulant may also affect the patients especially the children in their appetite. It may usually result to decreased appetite and which may at times lead to weight loss that in turn may affect the patient’s health condition. Decreased appetite and weight loss usually happen on the first few weeks or first few months of the medication process. After such period, the patient will again regain his weight and appetite. Stimulants can decrease a child's appetite, leading to weight loss.

Behavior therapy can also be effective to an ADHD patient with or without any other medication. Behavior therapy helps patients to cope with stressful and depressing situations and conditions. It has not been clearly defined on how stimulants work effectively on the patients’ symptoms. Dopamine or the chemical messenger of the brain is said to be activated by stimulants. By this, messages are properly transmitted on and off the brain to give it a clear picture of what to do and thus responds properly to the inattention and hyperactivity of the patient.

Studies show that stimulants have been found effective on improving the patients’ attention span and impulsive behavior.

There are also nonstimulant medications that are prescribed and recommended on ADHD patients. Nonstimulant medications that are available to be used by patients include Atomoxetine, Clonidine and Guanfacine. These are the approved medicines by FDA.

There are cases when children that are taking stimulants do not feel hunger during meal time. In this situation, stimulants may be better taken after meal so that the patient can still have and finish his food.

High fat and acidic foods like oranges and any other citrus fruits may affect the amount of medicine that the body can absorb and thus may influence the effectiveness of the medication on the patient.

When children really lose their appetite, it is better to give then snacks in between meals. Snacks must be nutritious and must be with accordance in their healthy and balanced lifestyle that is a major factor in treating the disorder. Snacks given to children must be easy and fun to make and take. Calorie intake is also recommended. Above all, the advise, recommendation and prescription of doctors and specialists must be considered and prioritized.


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