Supportive Care in Cancer

, Volume 8, Issue 5, pp 385–397 | Cite as

Psychostimulants in supportive care

  • Jade Homsi
  • Declan Walsh
  • Kristine A. Nelson
ORIGINAL ARTICLE

Abstract

 Psychostimulant medications have been used clinically and investigated in psychiatric populations, the medically ill, cancer patients and healthy people. This article discusses the pharmacology of dextroamphetamine, methylphenidate, pemoline (and other psychostimulants such as caffeine and ephedrine), their use in general medicine and cancer care, side effects, and abuse potential. Therapeutic use in children is addressed only insofar as it illustrates facets of their use in adults.

Key words Cancer Dextroamphetamine Methylphenidate Pemoline Psychostimulants 

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jade Homsi
    • 1
  • Declan Walsh
    • 1
  • Kristine A. Nelson
    • 1
  1. 1.A World Health Organization Demonstration Project, The Harry R. Horvitz Center for Palliative Medicine, Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Center, Cleveland, Ohio, USAUS

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