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A 22-year-old female asked:

What's the difference between ritalin (methylphenidate) and adderal?

3 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Brad Goldenberg
Neonatology 37 years experience
Inside, outside: Ritalin (methylphenidate) goes into brain cells and stops them from taking up dopamine and norepi, which are associated with focus, motivation and pleasure. That increases the amount of them in the space between cells. Adderall does the same thing. It also, however, goes inside cells and makes them pump out dopamine. It not only blocks the reuptake of the substance but also acts to increase its levels directly.
Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 16 years experience
Active ingredients: Both are central nervous system stimulants but they have different active ingredients: Ritalin (methylphenidate) - Methylphenidate. It blocks the reuptake of norephinephrine (NE) and dopamine (DA) into presynaptic neurons (TMI?). Adderall - Dextroamphetamine and amphetamine. Promote release of catecholamines (NE and DA primarily) from their storage sites.
Dr. Mark Mcgranahan
Pediatrics 25 years experience
Similar medicines: Ritalin (methylphenidate) and Adderall are both stimulant-class medications commonly used to treat adhd. They both have similar potential side effects but if used as directed are considered to be safe and effective. Encourage you to talk with your doctor further about these medications.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali commented
Psychiatry 33 years experience
Adderall is of the Amphetamine group of stimulants. Ritalin is in the Methylphenidate group.
Feb 16, 2013

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