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Prozac and ADHD

written by: Finn Orfano • edited by: Emma Lloyd • updated: 9/20/2010

Prozac is usually used to treat symptoms of depression. Did you know that sometimes it is given to adults to treat ADHD as well? Read on to learn more.

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    What is Prozac?

    For adults who have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, ADHD, finding ways to manage their symptoms can be just as challenging as treating children with ADHD as well. For adult ADHD, Prozac can have many benefits. First, let’s take a look at what Prozac is.

    Prozac, also known as Fluoxetine, is commonly prescribed to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, bi-polar disorder, personality disorders, and even ADHD, according to the National Institutes of Health. This medication is in the family of anti-depressants, also known as mood elevators. Now you know what Prozac is commonly used to treat, so how does it actually work?

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    How Does it Work?

    According to the National Institutes of Health, Prozac is in a class of medications known as serotonin reuptake inhibitors. Prozac works by increasing the amount of serotonin in the brain, which is a natural substance in the brain that helps to maintain mental balance. Prozac actually blocks the serotonin reuptake in the brain, which increases available serotonin and helps to improve your mood. Knowing how Prozac works, what are the benefits for adults who have ADHD?

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    Benefits

    There are many benefits of taking Prozac to treat adult ADHD, according to ADHD News. Those that have taken the medication have been shown to increase attention. Impulsivity is also substantially reduced as a result of taking Prozac. It has been shown to decrease anxiety and compulsions as well, that are sometimes shown in people with ADHD. People that have taken Prozac to treat their ADHD have also seen a change in their activity level for the better. People have also noted that they have gotten a better night’s sleep when taking Prozac which can lead to better productivity during the day.

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    When is it Prescribed?

    Prozac is commonly prescribed for adolescents and adults, but is rarely given to children. For the treatment of adult ADHD, Prozac is being prescribed more and more due to its benefits.

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    Side Effects

    As with any medication, Prozac does have some side effects that you need to be concerned with, according to WebMd. Some of these side effects are: nausea, drowsiness, dizziness, anxiety, sweating, trouble sleeping, weakness, loss of appetite, yawning, and tiredness.

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    For Adult ADHD

    Prozac is often tried for adult patients with ADHD when other treatments have been proven to be unsuccessful. Prozac is a newer treatment for adult ADHD and is starting to grow in popularity. Physicians are more likely to treat adult ADHD with an antidepressant, such as Prozac.

    As with any medication, you need to consult your doctor before starting. If you are an adult with ADHD, Prozac may be able to help you. Now you know a little more about how Prozac can benefit adults with ADHD. Hopefully with this given information, you can make the right decision regarding treatment of your adult ADHD. Prozac definitely is worth a try.


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