Stimulant Drug Interactions
“My 78-year-old father was just diagnosed with ADHD. He’s been treated for high cholesterol and high blood pressure – is it safe for him to take a stimulant?”
It is very unusual for someone to be diagnosed with ADHD at age 78. I would question the diagnosis.
ADHD is a lifelong condition, so I wonder why no one noticed your father’s symptoms until now. If his hyperactivity, inattention, or impulsivity is a recent development, the behavior probably isn’t caused by ADHD; it’s important that his physician figure out what is causing it.
If you’re confident in the diagnosis, I share your concern about the medication. Because your father has high blood pressure, I would not be comfortable prescribing either a stimulant or a nonstimulant.
Updated on April 24, 2017