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What medicine can i take besides adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) and concerta when both are causing me to have bad reactions to them?

4 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine 44 years experience
Depends: You should see your pcp or prescribing doctor and discuss this thoroughly with them. There are many issues here to consider and these medications are highly controlled and switching may be a difficulty decision. There are other medications besides the ones you are on for what i believe you are taking them for. See your doctor.
Dr. Donald Hazlett
Psychiatry 55 years experience
The only two major categories of ADHD medication have caused you problems. It sounds like stimulant medication isn't possible for you. Your prescribing professional can help you decide what to do. There are some alternatives, one such is straterra (atomoxetine) that is FDA approved for ADHD treatment. Your Dr. can help you with this issue.
Dec 28, 2011
Dr. Madan Uprety
Psychiatry 24 years experience
Straterra: Straterra is non- stimulant. Hopefully you won't have the se side effects. Good luck.
Dr. Madan Uprety
Psychiatry 24 years experience
Straterra: Straterra is non- stimulant. Hopefully you won't have the se side effects. Good luck.
Dr. Alfredo Soto
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Depends: It depends on the side effects that you have. There are many other options, including the use of short-acting stimulants. Adderall and Concerta are long-acting forms of amphetamine salts and methylphenidate. Sometimes, side effects are less if the shorter acting medications, like Ritalin or Dexedrine are used. While strattera (atomoxetine) is another option, studies have shown it does not work as well.
Dr. Alfredo Soto
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Provided original answer
It also depends on why you are taking those medications. Strattera does not help with excessive sleepiness like in narcolepsy or sleep apnea. Also, Strattera works better for symptoms of inattention than for symptoms of hyperactivity. Seek a professional opinion.
Dec 31, 2011

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