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WHAT MEDICATION IS RECOMMENDED FOR ADHD OF AN 21 YEAR OLD MALE? HIS LIFE IS IN TATTERS
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We have an ADD/ADHD forum here at Medhelp. You may want to post your question there.
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    Yep, ADHD can really mess up ones life if untreated.  Anxiety, depression, self-medication are fairly common and any one of those things can make life miserable.   So first thought is that while meds can and will help, finding a good psychologist or psychiatrist who can help him deal with all these other issues is also very important.
   Medication wise - it all really depends on the individual and how they respond.  But any med that will do any good will be done with a prescription.  There are no natural meds that will do much good unless you have gotten your ADHD pretty much under control.   There are both stimulant and non-stimulant meds (although they are typically not as effective), and because they are all controlled substances they must be prescribed by a doctor.  Here is a pretty good link listed the meds with pros and precautions, etc.   http://www.leeheymd.com/charts/adhd_1.html
     And this is a very good site with lots of information on the meds as well as many good links dealing with adult ADHD.  
            http://www.help4adhd.org/en/treatment/medication/WWK10
    Finally, I recommend that he take a look at this site.    http://jeffsaddmind.com/for-first-time-visitors       It is written by a guy with AD/HD and besides having a lot of good info.  It really lets you know that you are not the only person in the world having to go through this #***!, and that there is help out there.
    I am curious was his ADHD treated as a child?
    Hope this helps.  Please let me know if you need more info.  Best wishes.!!
It is by an adult with AD/HD.  Besides having lots of good info - its pretty easy to see that
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Adderall is the most commonly prescribed ADHD medicine for adults.  I think most insurance companies cover it until a person is 25.  Some will cover it for longer.  I had to start paying out of pocket on my 26th birthday.

Some versions of extend release Ritalin are also FDA approved for adults and there are also non stimulant alternatives.
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