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By On August 12th, 2010

ADHD drugs may aid cocaine dependent patients

Cocaine dependency, like ADHD, is associated with a lack of cognitive control. Therefore, ADHD drugs have long been suspected to aid individuals with cocaine dependency; now one study supports this theory. The study, reported online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that a mixture of ADHD drugs (Concerta, Ritalin, and others) greatly decreased stop signal reaction time (P<0.0024) in patients that were cocaine dependant. While the findings were encouraging, “…a more complete understanding of the neural mechanisms whereby stimulants improve cognitive control will be critically important, not only for an improved understanding of its biological basis but also for understanding the pathophysiology and treatment of conditions associated with its impairment,” Chiang-shan R. Li, MD, of Yale University, and colleagues wrote. Click here to read an article from Medscape Today that discusses this study more.

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