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Dextro - / Levo- Amphetamine and Autism

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Type(s) : Medication

Introduction

Dextroamphetamine Dextroamphetamine and levoamphetamine are two forms of amphetamine, which are used alone or together as stimulant medications sold under a variety of brand names such as Adderall® and Dexedrine®.

Stimulant medications affect the action of certain chemicals in the brain, allowing us to control how we pay attention and organise our behaviour.

These are used to treat conditions such as ADHD, hyperkinetic disorder and narcolepsy.

Some people believe that stimulants can be used with some autistic individuals to reduce problem behaviours, such as hyperactivity, impulsivity and inattention..

Opinion

We are currently reviewing the research evidence on the use of dextroamphetamine and levoamphetamine 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 info@researchautism.net Thank you.

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Last Updated : 15/07/2013
Next Review : 15/07/2016
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