ADHD Medication – Stimulants vs. Nonstimulants

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ADHD can be treated by a variety of medications, and the two most common drug classes used for treatment are stimulants and nonstimulants. There is a major difference between stimulants and nonstimulants. They stimulate the Central Nervous System, while nonstimulants don’t. The CNS releases dopamine (and adrenaline) when stimulated. This triggers multiple reactions, including increased focus and faster heart beat.

This video explains the differences between these two drug classes and gives examples (e.g. adderall and vivanse as stimulants, and wellbutrin or strattera to be used as nonstimulants), and discusses the differences in the chemical and compound compositions of the drugs. Don’t worry, I keep it upbeat and fast-paced with a little humor.

A few common questions I answer are:

“Why does some medication work for me while others do not?” “
Is it possible to determine if a drug works better for you? “
“What is the deal with vitamin c and citric acid (vitamin C)?” “
“Should my diet be changed before I take my medication?” “
“How often should my medication be taken?” “


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