Poor Prescriptions


"I've tried various drugs to treat my ADHD, including Wellbutrin, Strattera, and Provigil. All seem to put me to sleep. Is this a common problem?"

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

It sounds like your doctor may have prescribed the wrong drugs - or has simply misdiagnosed you.

Provigil is primarily used to treat narcolepsy - it helps people who are prone to falling asleep stay awake. Its manufacturer has applied to the FDA to market the drug as an ADHD treatment, but it has not yet been approved for that use.

Wellbutrin is primarily used to treat depression. Strattera is an ADHD drug, but daytime sleepiness is not a common side effect. Share your concerns with your doctor.

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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