The only time medications are really prescribed for concentration is if the concentration is a symptom of another syndrome (like ADHD, ADD
, depression, or anxiety
For patients with ADD/ADHD stimulants (like ritalin or adderall) are the most widely prescribed & effective medications. However, those need to be used with much caution as they can be highly addictive. In fact, if there is any history of substance abuse
in your family or you I would avoid these meds. Caffeine would be an over the counter stimulant that you could also try; in moderation (about 3-4 regular sized, caffeinated beverages) caffeine has minimal side effects or long term concern.
Bupropion (wellburtin) or atomoxetine (straterra) are other options to treat concentration loss from ADD/ADHD. These are not stimulants or habit forming. Bupropion can also treat depression, nicotine addiction, and bipolar
(this last one to a lesser extent). Atomoxetine may help depression too, but there's not as much research on this. Some tricyclic antidepressants like imipramine & amitriptyline can also improve concentration in some people.
There are several herbal products that are used for concentration too (like ginko). These should be used with as much caution as prescribed medications b/c they can also have side effects; if you are already taking any prescribed medicines, you should check with your doctor before starting any herbal products/supplements.
Treating your body well will improve your concentration in general (exercise, nutrition, & good sleep).
I hope this helps. Let me know if you need more information. Good luck & take care.
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