Prescriptions for ADHD drugs double among adults

by  |  published on March 12, 2014

The number of U.S. adults and young adults receiving prescriptions for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has nearly doubled over the past four years, The New York Times reported.

In new data released today, drug manager Express Scripts reported a 53 percent increase in ADHD prescriptions for adults and a 47 percent increase in ADHD prescriptions for young adults between 2008 and 2012. Overall, 2.6 million adults and 640,000 young adults received ADHD prescriptions in 2012.Additionally, 5.7 percent of all children ages 4 to 18 were being prescribed medications for the disorder in 2012, according to the report.

Furthermore, while prescriptions for men decrease after age 18, there was an 85 percent increase in prescriptions for women ages 26-34. In women, ADHD tends to cause periods of inattentiveness, as opposed to hyperactivity – which may result in their symptoms going undiagnosed.

“[People] tend to think of ADHD as hyperactive, aggressive young boys climbing the walls at school and at home,” Dr. David Mizuna, Express Scripts’ vice president of special practice, told “If you’re quietly daydreaming or inattentive, it may escape attention.”

Express Scripts processes prescriptions for 90 million Americans. Medications used to treat ADHD include stimulants like Adderall and Concerta, as well as newer nonstimulant formulations such as Strattera. While these drugs help manage symptoms like severe inattention and hyperactivity, they can also lead to side effects including sleep deprivation, appetite suppression and, rarely, addiction and hallucinations.

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