Chapter 6. Psychostimulants

  1. Jeffrey A. Lieberman M.D. Professor Chair1 and
  2. Allan Tasman M.D. Professor Chair2

Published Online: 3 JUL 2006

DOI: 10.1002/0470029439.ch6

Handbook of Psychiatric Drugs

Handbook of Psychiatric Drugs

How to Cite

Lieberman, J. A. and Tasman, A. (2006) Psychostimulants, in Handbook of Psychiatric Drugs, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/0470029439.ch6

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, and Director, New York State Psychiatric Institute, New York, USA

  2. 2

    Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Louisville School of Medicine, Louisville, Kentucky, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 3 JUL 2006
  2. Published Print: 31 MAR 2006

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470028216

Online ISBN: 9780470029435



  • psychostimulants - methylphenidate, amphetamines, atomoxetine;
  • pharmacology and mechanism of action;
  • pharmacokinetic characteristic of stimulants;
  • drug selection;
  • indications and contraindications;
  • ADHD in children and adults;
  • Modafinal treatment in narcolepsy;
  • treatment initiation and dose titration;
  • stimulant side effects - dose-dependent


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Pharmacology

  • Drug Selection

  • Treatment Initiation and Dose Titration

  • Adverse Effects

  • Drug Interactions

  • Summary

  • Additional Reading