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A 43-year-old member asked:

What is the main difference between adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) and concerta?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 44 years experience
Different drugs: Both are stimulants, but Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) is amphetamine and Concerta is methylphenidate. Both have been shown to work about equally well for treating adhd with quite similar side effects; however, some people do much better on one class than the other, and the only way to know if that is true for you is to give it a try. Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) xr and Concerta last about the same amount of time, 10-12 hours.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 33 years experience
Adderall/Concerta: both are stimulants. Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) is an amphetamine, concerta is a methyl phenidate.

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A 47-year-old member asked:

What is the safest way to switch from concerta to adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine)?

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Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 44 years experience
Just switch: A nice aspect of stimulants is that they are out of your body by the beginning of the next day. We know roughly the dose equivalents among stimulants (25-30 mg of Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) is about equal to 54 mg of concerta); but, individual reactions vary. In switching, i usually start at a slightly lower dose that the conversion would suggest, then raise it if needed.
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I need your expertise, is Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) better than concerta?

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Dr. Donald Jacobson
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41 years experience
The best one is: The one that works best for you. When it comes to psychiatric medications, goodness of fit is the most important issue. Some people respond to one medication but not to another and vice versa. Try one and if it works, fantastic, but if it does not then you may need to switch to the other. Best wishes and have a great day.
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Is it ok to use both an Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) XR 20mg with a concerta 54mg?

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Dr. QH TRANanswered
Child Psychiatry 31 years experience
Not OK: They are not usually prescribed together.
A 44-year-old member asked:

Could you prefer Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) or concerta?

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Dr. Robert Dahmes
47 years experience
Different strokes: 2 very different compounds. Not a matter of preference, but of efficacy and tolerability. Many patients do well on methylphenidate and do not do well on amphetamines. These individuals would do well with Concerta as it is a long-acting mph. For those who do not respond to mph, amphetamines or mixed amphetamine salts are indicated.
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A 41-year-old female asked:

Which is stronger adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) or concerta?

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Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
Different versions: Both Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) (amphetamine salts) and Concerta (a long acting form of Ritalin) are both stimulants whose strength depends on the dosage prescribed. There are also many less known stimulating meds which you can discuss with your doc. This is especially important given your,thyroid issues.
Last updated Nov 28, 2017


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