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What Does It Feel Like When Your Ritalin Or Adderall Wears Off
Varies a lot: Some people state they feel absolutely the same whether on or off a stimulant, even though others observe huge behavioral differences. Others definitely notice effects, good & bad, such as better attention and productivity as well as no appetite that fade as the medicine wears off. Still others have "rebound, " being irritable & even more symptomatic for awhile before returning to baseline. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Dextroamphetamine|racemic amphetamine is an appetite suppressant which is a kind ...Read more
Wanted to know where can I get a drug to could you help me concentrate like Adderall or ritalin (methylphenidate)?
Doctor: You just don't "get these drugs" so you can concentrate better. These are powerful drugs that are indicated after a very thorough medical and psychological work-up that shows significant impairment in life due to the symptoms. Otherwise, good nights sleep and proper diet will work better to help you concentrate better on a day-to-day basis. ...Read more
ADD med safety: Ritalin (methylphenidate) and Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) (dexamphetamine) have comparable safety profiles, however Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) may have slightly more risk of side effects (appetite, sleep, anxiety). In the absence of underlying heart problems, or family hx of early cardiac deaths there should be no heart issues, but if used your doctor should check your blood pressure and heart rate periodically. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No difference: The two medications are equally effective for ADHD. Adderall is made to last about 6 hours, Ritalin about 4 hours. Long acting forms of Adderall XR is made to last as long as 8-10 hours, Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) lasts as long as 12-15 hours. Extended release forms of Ritalin include ritalin LA - 8 hours, Concerta 8-12 hours. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Decreased appetite: All the stimulants, including Ritalin (methylphenidate) and adderall, have the potential to supress a child's appetite. Thus monitoring of weight and nutritional status is essential. Maintaining a healthy diet on these medications is a must! consulting a nutritionist as well as the prescribing physician may help. ...Read more
I'm wondering what nutrition related problems are seen in children on ritalin (methylphenidate) and Adderall ?
What are the differences in dosage between ritalin (methylphenidate) and adderall, to achieve the same effects?
Rough estimate below: D-amphetamine (dexedrine) is about twice as potent as methylphenidate (ritalin), so 10 mg of the former is roughly the same as 20 mg of the latter. Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) is a mixture of 1/2 d-amphetamine plus 1/2 d- & l-amphetamine (the latter being inactive with respect to adhd. So, conversion from Ritalin to Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) is about 20 mg down to 15 mg. But, individual response varies, so that's just a start. ...Read more
I learned that Adderall class and Ritalin (methylphenidate) class are absorbed differently. Can you pls explain what those differences are and their general effect?
Doctor: You are right. Review the medication with your doctor. Some act for short periods of time and some longer. Your doctor will be able to determine what works best for your situation. All the best. ...Read more
Works for some: Another drug, that works well for some people, & doesn't work for others. In my expereience it doesn't work as often as the stimulant meds, but if people can't tolerate the stimulants, it is nice to have this option. It does need to be taken on an increasing dose over about a month. If it does work, it works most of the day from just one dose. Like an antidepressant, you need it in your system. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Caffeine & xanthines: Caffeine & xanthines are naturally occuring stimulants & widely available in many products. They are weaker than Adderall or Ritalin (methylphenidate) and shorter acting but have similar effects overall. There is no evidence that any vitamins have stimulant activity. Stimulants are among the best-studied and safest medications we have, when used appropriate. "natural" doesn't mean safe: hemlock is natural. ...Read more
Similar: Both stimulants can cause headache, stomach ache, agitation, insomnia and appetite suppression, in about 20% of patients.The effectiveness of the two in managing symptoms of adhd is also about the same, 70-80%. Each person who takes these medications has an individual response. Work with your doctor to find the right medication and dose for you. ...Read more
Could you tell me the main difference between concerta and ritalin (methylphenidate) vs adderall?
Has anyone had success with straterra after previously using ritalin (methylphenidate) and adderall?
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