Stimulant medications affect the action of certain chemicals in the brain, allowing us to control how we pay attention and organise our behaviour.
There are two main groups of stimulant medication- methylphenidate and dextroamphetamine. These are used to treat conditions such as ADHD, hyperkinetic disorder and narcolepsy.
Some people believe that stimulants can be used with some individuals with autism to reduce problem behaviours, such as hyperactivity, impulsivity and inattention.
We are currently reviewing the literature on the use of the stimulant medications for people with autism.
If you are aware of further research, or you would like to share your personal experiences of using stimulant medications, please email firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you.
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