Ask the Experts

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?”

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.

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