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She also noted that LDX maker, Shirea company that has provided grant and/or research support, according to her disclosuresaid the study wasnt large enough to say the drug is a suitable treatment for all menopausal women, just these menopausal women in the study. Pharmaceutical companies pushed these drugspromising to put the pep back in your stepbut prescriptions fell after the addictive potential of the stimulants became clear, and they were added to the Drug Enforcement Administrations list of controlled substances as a Schedule II, meaning they have a high potential for abuse and dependence. As for the UPenn study, though it hasnt been released yet, Cohen is dubious. Its absurd to draw any conclusions from a few dozen women who self-report being more productive after taking speed. Epperson, a clinician, tells The Daily Beast that she began her research after noticing that more women were coming to her practice with worries about the early onset of dementia. As it turned out, their problems with memory, concentration and ability to focus at work usually werent actual dementia, but side effects of low estrogen levels associated with menopause. We dont know what would happen if they took this for a longer period of time, she said. The prescription of stimulants would also be inappropriate for women with hypertension (stimulants can increase blood pressure, heart rate, and body temperature) or a history of addiction, Epperson told The Daily Beast.

We theorize that this process can result in symptoms similar to those experienced by people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, Epperson said in statement released before the presentation. Stimulants have historically been used to treat those women who failed to meet certain societal expectations. The women who received LDX treatment, the preliminary evidence shows, had a significant reduction in the severity of all symptoms but one (the over-attention to emotion, which wasnt a major complaint to begin with but especially in the domain of organization and motivation for work. Most menopausal women are treated with hormones but they arent effective for all women and arent even an option for those with certain medical conditions. Thats where Epperson says stimulants might be able to step in.