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Stimulants are a class of drugs that enhance brain activity. Prescription stimulants were used historically to treat asthma, obesity, neurological disorders, and a variety of other ailments, before their potential for abuse and addiction became apparent. Medically, they are now prescribed for only a few health conditions, including narcolepsy, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and short-term treatment of obesity. They are sometimes dubbed “study drugs.”
Commonly known medications include Adderall, Ritalin, Vyvanse, Concerta, ProCentra and Suprenza. See the table below for a more complete list of prescription sedatives and tranquilizers.
|Generic Drug Composition||Brand Name|
|Dextroamphetamine||Dexedrine, ProCentra, Dextrostat|
|Methylphenidate||Concerta, Methylin, Ritalin, Daytrana|
Drugs of Abuse | A DEA Resource Guide: 2017 Edition. “Amphetamines.” Drug Enforcement Agency, 2017. Web. https://www.dea.gov/sites/default/files/sites/getsmartaboutdrugs.com/files/publications/DoA_2017Ed_Updated_6.16.17.pdf#page=50. Accessed 26 Oct. 2018.
NIDA. “Prescription Stimulants.” National Institute on Drug Abuse, 6 Jun. 2018, https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/prescription-stimulants. Accessed 1 Nov. 2018.
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)