ADHD Medications: The Science of Mind Evolves
Good Morning! – to a new world with more ADHD medication treatment options coming this fall. I just replied to a previous comment regarding the use of Tenex, guanfacine, [previously identified as helpful for tic disorder], and will send out this brief note with an interesting reference worth reading.
This is a short note, introducing a new ADHD medication vocabulary. Take a moment sometime this week to chase down these various links – they will likely soon become part of your everyday thinking in ADHD medication treatment. The neurotransmitters have changed, and the neurophysiology has a few more bells and whistles.
ADHD Medications And Receptor Sites
Let’s make this simple, – er, let’s try to make the basic pharmacology a bit more understandable. 😉 Best to start with the basics, and this article in Science Daily breaks down an interview with a neurophysiologist at Yale, Amy Arnsten PhD, who has been looking at alpha 2 adrenoreceptors for several years now.
I’ve heard Amy present this interesting material, and know it needs a bit of translation, – so I will simplify this brief note for you –
The real value to this new formulation:
- New brain information takes us beyond simply thinking about the synapse – into brain networks, systems and our new friend: ion channels
- Intuniv – This medication is not a stimulant
- Evidence Works: More interesting information about brain function arises from this fresh evidence – and appears to offer significant different possibilities for treatment with ADHD medications.
Heads up readers: I posted an even more recent, precise post on Intuniv for ADHD: Dosing Details – So do pop over there if you find this Intuniv discussion of interest. And do take a moment to review all the Intuniv posts here at CorePsych Blog. Several years have passed since this first post, and more understanding, more clinical experience provides more insight. Just type “Intuniv” in the SEARCH on CorePsych Blog.
One of the newest, important points is the relevance of glutamate neurotransmission with Intuniv.
Remember this main ADHD Medication point: Intuniv is great, works well often, but isn’t for everybody. What Intuniv does do: on the one hand solves some previously unsolvable ADHD medication challenges – but on the other hand encourages even deeper insights for those ADHD presentations that fail to respond to any of these various ADHD medications.
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