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Are ADHD Medications Safe for Adults?

Are ADHD medications safe for adults?
 

 
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All medicines can have side effects, some more serious than others, and ADHD medicines are no exception. The more common side effects, like nausea, insomnia, and decreased appetite, are bothersome, but not particularly dangerous. Serious side effects are much less common, but possible. For instance, ADHD medicines can increase your heart rate and blood pressure. In most cases, the increase is small, but it could be problematic for some people who already have heart problems.
 
ADHD medications have been used for many years in a large number of people. This gives us a lot of evidence to say that these medicines are safe, as long as they're used as directed, with appropriate monitoring.
 
In addition, we know that ADHD medicines are effective at relieving symptoms of the condition, which can help people with it live productive, healthy lives. The effects of untreated ADHD can be substantial, paving the way for a wide range of long-term issues, such as depression, drug abuse, relationship problems, and poor performance at school or work. 
 
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