ADHD Medication and Smoking


"I was diagnosed with ADHD last year and began taking a long-acting stimulant medication. I have had luck with the medication, but noticed an increased desire to smoke. Do you know of any studies that attest to this?"

Dr. Larry Silver specializes in treating children with attention deficit disorder (ADHD).

I do not know of any research that suggests that the use of a long-acting stimulant medication increases the desire to smoke. If you are curious, though, you can ask the doctor who prescribed it to contact the manufacturer. The company's professionals can do a literature search and let you know.

Larry Silver, M.D., is clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown Medical Center in Washington, D.C. and director of training in child and adolescent psychiatry at Georgetown University School of Medicine. He is a former acting director and deputy director of the National Institute of Mental Health, as well as the author of Dr. Larry Silver's Advice to Parents on AD/HD and The Misunderstood Child: Understanding and Coping with Your Child's Learning Disabilities.
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