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What's the difference between adderal and nuvigil?

What's the difference between adderal and nuvigil?

Different class: Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) is a stimulant medication indicated for the treatment of adhd. Nuvigle is a non stimulant indicated for sleep disorders. ...Read more

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Dextroamphetamine And Racemic Amphetamine (Definition)

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3mths cpap, 250 mg Nuvigil, sleep 10 hrs a night and still sleepy during the day--why is this happening? Adderall/concerta don't work either.

3mths cpap, 250 mg Nuvigil, sleep 10 hrs a night and still sleepy during the day--why is this happening? Adderall/concerta don't work either.

Hard to say: It depends on what other meds you are taking. If you are overweight, lose weight, which helps everything. Otherwise we don't know enough about your history to advise you sensibly or appropriately. Talk to your doc and consider a second opinion if you want further reassurance by someone who has your complete medical records and can examine you in person. ...Read more

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Why does adderall work better than vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) for some people. Is propanolol appropiate for anxiety? How does nuvigil work? Can trazadone be used for sle

Why does adderall work better than vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) for some people. Is propanolol appropiate for anxiety? How does nuvigil work? Can trazadone be used for sle

Many answers: 1. No one knows why adderal works better than Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) for some patients.
2. Yes, propanol is appropriate for stage fright or performance anxiety, test anxiety etc. Any anxiety that is caused by a panic response.
3. The mechanism of action of Nuvigil is not known, it promotes wakefulness.
4. Yes, trazodone can be used for sleep in specific circumstances and after consultation with a physician. ...Read more

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Took sleep test, diagnosed w/ idiopathic hypersomnia. Take Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) & Nuvigil. Any suggestions for how to improve wakefulness w/o more meds?

Took sleep test, diagnosed w/ idiopathic hypersomnia. Take Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) & Nuvigil. Any suggestions for how to improve wakefulness w/o more meds?

Great question!: You may consider using vitamin B12, sublingually (under the tongue) Nuvigil is a stinulant used for excessive sleepiness. What is the cause of your sleepiness? Adressing the underlying problem is usually the best option.
Good luck! ...Read more

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I have had idiopathic hypersomnia for years. OSA negative. Was prescribed Nuvigil, insurance denied it. Am on 20 mg Adderall, (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) but still fall asleep during the day for HOURS. Wake up feeling awful-HELP?

I have had idiopathic hypersomnia for years. OSA negative. Was prescribed Nuvigil, insurance denied it. Am on 20 mg Adderall, (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) but still fall asleep during the day for HOURS. Wake up feeling awful-HELP?

May be on wrong dose: If the adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) that you take is a tablet, then it is only designed to last 4-6 hours. So if your mornings, are super and alert but the afternoons are sleep city then you should visit with your doctor about either an xr capsule that lasts 10-12 hours or adding a second tablet about lunchtime. Nuvigil is still the rx of choice, so if your dr submits a PA with a dx of narcolepsy and the sleep study, ...Read more

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I got a focalin (dexmethylphenidate) XR 20mg and used to taking adderall. What is the difference between the two?

I got a focalin (dexmethylphenidate) XR 20mg and used to taking adderall. What is the difference between the two?

Both stimulants: Adderall is a combination of amphetamine salts. Focalin (dexmethylphenidate) is a refined version of methylphenidate, the Brand name of which is the well-known name Ritalin. Focalin (dexmethylphenidate) XR is an extended-release form of Focalin (dexmethylphenidate). Methylphenidate and amphetamine are both stimulants and are very similar in their effects and possible side-effects, but different enough that some people do better with one than another. ...Read more

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What is the difference between Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) XR 20mg and Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) d-amphetamine salt combo 20mg?

What is the difference between Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) XR 20mg and Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) d-amphetamine salt combo 20mg?

Brand Name VS GENERI: Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) XR is the brand name of an extended released tablet intended to give a double pulse delivery of amphetamine compared to conventional adderal immediate release. The adderal XR contains sulfate salts of dextroamphetamine, dextro isomer of amphetamine saccharate and dexroamphetamine aspartate monohydrate. The combo salt is the generic type. ...Read more

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What is the difference between Adderall and Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) for add?

What is the difference between Adderall and Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) for add?

Delivery form: Both a amphetamine (amp). Adderall is a blend of d-amp (50%) and d, l-amp (50%). Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) is called a prodrug: it is d-amp linked to an amino acid. It is inactive till it gets in the body, where an enzyme cleaves the molecule, releasing d-amp. That means a very different release pattern, and it is the longest acting oral stimulant. Some like one, others the other. Both can be effective. ...Read more

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I need to know what is the difference between Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) and adderex?

I need to know what is the difference between Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) and adderex?

Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine): Is a mixture of amphetamine salts that has been carefully studied and approved for the treatment of add and adhd. Adderex is a supplement blend but has not been studied or approved by the fda for the treatment of add or adhd. It's chemical makeup is available at the following website.
Answers. Yahoo. Com/question/index? Qid=20100303144900aah9mic. ...Read more

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What is the difference between Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) and mfg subtitute?

What is the difference between Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) and mfg subtitute?

Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine): If mfg refers to methylphenidate, then Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) is amphetamine-type stimulant, and mph such as Ritalin is non-amphetamine group. ...Read more

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

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

Yes: There are many similaritires. Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) affects more parts of the brain. ...Read more

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What is the difference between brand Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) and amphetamine salts?

Adderall: brand name: For 'mixed salts of a single entity amphetamine product.' various generic names occur including mixed amphetamine salts, amphetamine-dextroamphetamine, and (dextroamphetamine saccharate,
amphetamine aspartate,
dextroamphetamine sulfate and
amphetamine sulfate tablets) (the 4 salts). Brand and generic are basically equivalent in dosing and effect. Best regards. ...Read more

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What is the difference between ephedrin sulfate 25mg and Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) 20 mg?

What is the difference between ephedrin sulfate 25mg and Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) 20 mg?

Different drugs: The're both sympathomimetic amines, but different drugs. Ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate) so4 is given IV or subcut. It's more peripheral in action -- and is used to relax some smooth muscle and counteract hypotension from anesthesia or other drugs. Adderall is given orally, and is more active centrally -- in brain where it helps counteract symptoms of adhd. Ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate) hcl [but not so4] can be taken orally. ...Read more

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What's the difference between "concerta" and adderall"?

What's the difference between "concerta" and adderall"?

Different classes: Concerta is methylphenidate delivered in a sophisticated capsule that uses osmotic pressure to deliver the medication over time. Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) is a form of amphetamine that is delivered either as immediate release or in beaded form with half released immediately and the second half released 3 1/2 to 4 hours later. Both are stimulants with similar benefits, efficacy, and se. ...Read more

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What's the difference between dosage? Focalin (dexmethylphenidate) 15 mg compared to Adderall 15. What's the differences between the effects?

Focalin (dexmethylphenidate) a bit more.: Focalin (dexmethylphenidate) is about the same potency of d-amphetamine. Adderall has both d-amphetamine and l-amphetamine, so 15 mg is not quite is about 75% as potent as 15 mg of amphetamine. That said, individual responses to stimulants vary so much that for any given person, Focalin (dexmethylphenidate) might work much better than Adderall or the other way round. Dose needs are highly individual and requires trying different doses. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between focalin (dexmethylphenidate) XR and Adderall xr?

A big difference!: Focalin (dexmethylphenidate) is the active half or methylphenidate (ritalin). Adderall is a mix of amphetamine salts and of amphetamine isomers. Both can be highly beneficial for treating adhd, but they are different chemicals altogether and may work through slightly different mechanisms. If one doesn't work or has too many side effects, the other may prove better--and it doesn't matter which you try first. ...Read more

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Could you tell me the main difference between concerta and ritalin (methylphenidate) vs adderall?

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Stimulants: All are stimulants for ADHD. Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) is belongs to the Amphetamine group. The other 2 belong to the Methyl Phenidate group. ...Read more

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What the difference between focalin (dexmethylphenidate) IR and Adderall IR? Which is a better drug for ADD? I only like to take them mon-fri not weekends My dr likes foca

What the difference between focalin (dexmethylphenidate) IR and Adderall IR? Which is a better drug for ADD? I only like to take them mon-fri not weekends My dr likes foca

2 different meds: Focalin is dexmethylphenidate, the isomer of methylphenidate, it is supposed to decrease the side effects. Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) is amphetamine, a different stimulant than methylphenidate. Taking it on weekdays is a good idea. ...Read more

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What's the main difference between Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) and Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) xr?

Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) & XR: Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) is immediate release stimulant, works for 4 hours. The XR is extended release, works for 6-8 hours. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between taking one 20 mg capsule of Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) or 2 10 mg capsules at once?

None: Almost all medication is additive and so the dose equivalents are equal for equal amounts. For Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) you can combine them to get the dose required. ...Read more

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I take Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) XR 25mg 2x day. Then 5mg amphetamine 5mg salts at 5:00p.m. gor crashing. What's the difference between salts? Mine don't have "m"

That's a fairly high: Dose, so please monitor your blood pressure & pulse rate monthly. Mixed Amphetamine Salts are the generic form of Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine). Only the shorter-acting preparation is sold as a generic medication. The molecular make-up is the same, although some generic preparations are a little weaker or stronger than brand-name. The XR delivery system works for ~ 12 hours, "regular" Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) or MAS for ~ 6 hours. ...Read more

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What's the difference between Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) and addrerall xr? When it comes to adults, for task focusing, which is better? Please advise

Extended release: Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) xr is the extended release form of Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) (this means that the effects last longer than a faster release form). The longer acting form helps to prevent marked changes in levels of the medication. Some people like immediate release and some like extended release. ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more

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How to lose weight with hypersomnia? Already on adderral 30mg XR and nuvigil

How to lose weight with hypersomnia? Already on adderral 30mg XR and nuvigil

OSA: Hopefully you have ruled out medical causes such as hypothyroid etc and sleep apnea type conditions. ...Read more

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Switched from Adderral to Nuvigil. Worked fine for a few weeks but now the sleepiness is back.

Switched from Adderral to Nuvigil. Worked fine for a few weeks but now the sleepiness is back.

Your question?: You have not asked a question. I infer from your post that you are not satisfied with the Nuvigil. Please repost and include your discussion of the situation with the doctor who prescribed your medication; or, if you have NOT discussed this with the doctor who prescribed your medication, please state why not. ...Read more

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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

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Adderall (Definition)

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