Which neurotransmitters are targeted by attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) medications?

Updated: Nov 20, 2018
  • Author: Maggie A Wilkes, MD; Chief Editor: Caroly Pataki, MD  more...
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The catecholamines are the main neurotransmitters with frontal-lobe function. Catecholamine controlled dopaminergic and noradrenergic neurotransmission appear to be the main targets for medications used to treat ADHD (ADD).


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