Stimulants and Cognitive-Enhancing Drugs

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Stimulants and Cognitive-Enhancing Drugs

Stimulant medications are drugs that increase alertness and attention. They also elevate heart rate, blood pressure, and respiratory rate. Stimulants are used to treat many conditions, including attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), chronic lethargy, narcolepsy, and obesity. Examples of stimulants include caffeine, amphetamines (such as dextroamphetamine), methylphenidate, and modafinil.

Cognitive-enhancing drugs serve a similar purpose, increasing memory, alertness, and attention. These drugs are used to treat Alzheimer disease, Lewy body dementia, and other neurocognitive disorders.

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  • Name conditions for which stimulants and cognitive-enhancing drugs are used as treatment.
  • Describe the mechanism of action of stimulants and cognitive-enhancing drugs.
  • List the main examples of stimulants and cognitive-enhancing drugs.
  • Describe the significant adverse effects of stimulants and cognitive-enhancing drugs.

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