How are stimulant medications for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) misused?

Updated: Oct 01, 2019
  • Author: Stephen Soreff, MD; Chief Editor: Glen L Xiong, MD  more...
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Webb JR et al report a high prevalence of stimulant use among medical students when compared with a larger, general population. More than 83% of students who took stimulants used them to stay awake, specifically for cognitive performance enhancement. The study suggests that this could impact attitudes towards prescribing such medications to patients with ADHD. [57]


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