During their initial evaluation at the Atlanta Center for Adult ADHD, individuals-both young and old-often report problems with driving.These issues include close calls from changing lanes without checking for nearby cars, hitting curbs, “fender-benders”, rear-end collisions and worse.
New reseach suggests that treating ADHD effectively may help improve driving performance in young people with the condition. (It is well know that this age group has high rates of automotive crashes and speeding tickets.)
A simulated driving program, completed within a simulated automotive environment, was recently administered to participating young adults at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology AgeLab.
Participants treated with Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine dismesylate) for 5 weeks reacted 9% faster to startle events and were 67% less likely to have a collision during a driving simulation than those who received placebo.
This research is very consistent with our own clinical experience. In fact, we encourage patients that prefer to take medication only during the daytime to consider taking additional medication to cover evening/night hours if they plan to be driving during these times.