I know its not my business I am just concerned my Mom is healthy what causes ADHD in elderly?
I am not a doctor so my response is purely based on my personal perspective...
There used to be an "adult onset ADHD" recognized but I believe that's evolved to just recognizing that the diagnosis is "late" but the core symptoms have been with the patient since a young age--especially those who are intellectually very bright and have successfully masked their ADD traits.
20 mg. mixed amphetamine salts is relatively low, and safe, as long as she follows the prescribed dosage.
Did your mom say she is taking it for ADHD specifically? Stimulant medications like this are also used "off label" to treat a variety of other conditions common with older folks.
Bottom line is: don't get hung up about the stigma surrounding amphetamine salts being a Schedule II drug or spend a lot of effort thinking about whatever "diagnosis" was made to prescribe it. The bottom line is this: it's a low dose of a relatively low-risk medication and if, in your mom's view, (and the doctor's) it is beneficial... so be it!
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