Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience and a medical advice columnist for Newsmax Magazine. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. He is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.

Can Adderall Help in School?

Thursday, 10 Jan 2013 10:19 AM


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Question: Our son is in college and he recently told us that he was using a drug called Adderall to help him focus while studying. We are alarmed by this. Is this risky?

Dr. Hibberd’s answer:

Adderall is used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and narcolepsy. Do not be alarmed by its use, but do be sure he is under appropriate physician or psychiatric supervision.

Adderall is an amphetamine stimulant, and many physicians prefer the use of non-stimulant ADHD medications (such as Strattera) that may be safer to use for people of college age. This is a medication that can be abused; some college students have been known to abuse it but say they are using it to improve their concentration.

Be aware also that he will be banned from athletic competition on this drug, and must not use alcohol when taking it.

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