Can you take ritalin, (methylphenidate) dexedrine, or Adderall for add/adhd?

Yes, all are OK. There are similarities in these 3 meds, though dex & Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) are more closely related. It depends on each individual which is a better med. And, it depends on the dose, the form the med is taken in, the dosing frequency -- and it may depend on what other meds are utilized. This is not amateur hour, so get good professional help.
Yes, all are good. Stimulants available in the us come in two classes--methylphenidate (ritalin, concerta, focalin, (dexmethylphenidate) etc.) and amphetamine (dexedrine, adderall, vyvanse). The two work slightly differently but are comparably effective and have similar side effects. Studies show about 65% respond well to first stimulant they take; another 20% will respond to the other class if the first doesn't work.
Yes. Those are all medications that are and have been used to treat adhd. There are newer medications that tend to last longer and have fewer side effects, but the older medicines are still being used.
Of course. A stimulant, whether amphetamine or methylphenidate class, is the drug of choice for adhd, adult, adolescent, or child. These meds increase Dopamine and norepinephrine in nerve connections called synapses. This is where information exchange and learning occurs in brain. These are among the safest and most effective meds we have. Safer than tylenol (acetaminophen) or penicillin.
As a person ages, symptoms of Hyperactivity/Impulsivity tend to diminish leaving an inner sense of restlessness, fidgetiness, inability to remain seated during meetings, etc. while clinically significant symptoms of Inattention persist, changing the diagnosis from ADHD-Combined Type to ADHD-Primarily Inattentive Type, called ADD till the mid-1980's. Multimodal management including medications is still necessary.

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How safe are ritalin, (methylphenidate) dexedrine, or Adderall for add/adhd?

Very. If taken as prescribed and followed by a physician with training in this area of medicine these medications are generally safe and effective. Read more...
Safe. These meds have been used for a long, long time in countless patients. Safety is very good, even though they are misused at times. Proper dosing & monitoring are necessary. So is consistent use, and good communication with md. An experienced expert in treating adhd will make them extremely safe. Read more...
Amer Acad Peds. The amer acad of ped published practice standards for diagnosis & treatment of adhd in children & adolescents in 2000, updating them in 2011. Both times the recommendation is that the pediatrician must recommend the use of a stimulant medication with targeted outcomes in a properly diagnosed adhd person. These are among the safest & most effective medications used today. See my health files. Read more...
Stimulants for adhd. Very safe as long as you follow your doctor's advise & recommendations regarding followup monitoring. Read more...
They are the safest. psychotropic medications we have, the longest used & the most studied. Methylphenidate preparations have been long-acting since 2000, Amphetamine products shortly thereafter,.allowing for a single AM dose, Each has an 80% chance of managing ADHD symptoms & a 20% chance of side effects. Titration to an optimal dose for each patient requires good doctor-patient communication &, sometimes, patience. Read more...

Will adderall, ritalin, (methylphenidate) concerta, and dexedrine ever become available over the counter?

Don't plan on it. All of these are schedule 2, abusable, controlled medications. That means the feds monitor them from the point of origin to the distribution and end user with an elaborate system of controls. Possession without a valid prescription can land you in jail. Drug companies subsidized parent groups years ago to get these available by regular prescription & that never went anywhere. Read more...
Agree. With Dr. Ferguson. They are scheduled drugs with high abuse potential and part of prescription monitoring program in many states. Hence it is unlikely to become OTC in our life time. But then who is to predict tomorrow if pot is legal in some states today. Read more...
Very Doubtful. These are medications with significant abuse potential that can carry serious side effects. These medications require monitoring for safety purposes. Read more...

Hi, does anyone know what the dose of ritalin is compared to the dose of adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine)? I.E. Is 20mg of methylphenidate equal to roughly 20mg of adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine)?

No. As i understand it, the rule of thumb for dosing-equivalence between Ritalin (methylphenidate) and amphetamine (d-amphetamine) is 1mg dexamphetamine = 2mg Ritalin (methylphenidate) (approximately). So the amphetamine is roughly twice as potent. However, Adderall is not pure amphetamine--it's a mix of amphetamine compounds--various versions of d-amphetamine bonded to other chemicals. They do this so mostly that the dose enters the bl. Read more...

I've been dealing with ADHD since childhood and I've taken Ritalin (methylphenidate) and Adderall and is desoxyn a legitimate medicine to take for my issue?

FDA Approved. Desoxyn (methamphetamine) is FDA Approved to treat ADHD, and is recommended to use as an integral part of a total treatment program which typically includes other remedial measures (psychological, educational, social) for a stabilizing effect in children over 6 years of age. Discuss any concerns with your treating and Prescribing Doctor. best wishes, and good luck. Read more...
Desoxyn (methamphetamine) Although methamphetamine are helpful in treating ADHD, I believe the medication you have mentioned is used for weight loss reduction. There are other choices available, including non-stimulants. I would recommend seeking advice and treatment from a physician (preferably an adult psychiatrist) with extensive experience with ADHD for more FDA approved medications. Read more...
Not design. Desoxyn is another name for Methamphetamine, and is not a first choice of medication for ADHD. Mother medications, some of them derivatives of methamphetamine such as Adderall , Ritalin, Strattera, and Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) are better choices and have evidence in the literature and positive outcomes to support their use. Try Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine), Ive heard good things about results. Read more...
Not advised. Desoxyn is another name for metampheamine. If you have taken Adderall you have taken another amphetamine and it is unlikely that Desoxyn will give results different than Adderall. Aternatives would include Provigil or Nuvigil, both of which work by an alternate medication from Ritalin (methylphenidate) and amphetamines, are usually well tolerated and are once per day dosing. Read more...

Do you recommend using the ADHD drugs Adderall or ritalin (methylphenidate)?

Can be beneficial. There are various release forms for both Ritalin (methylphenidate) and Adderall (like immediate release or extended / slow release). I don't consider one superior to the other. One may be more effective than the other or have absence or presence of side effects for different people. Read more...

Is it safe to be taking Adderall or ritalin (methylphenidate) and a homeopathic drug for ADHD on the same day?

It depends. It depends on what you mean by "homeopathic drug." if it's truly a homeopathic remedy, and has been prescribed after a comprehensive homeopathic evaluation, it will not have any interaction with pharmaceutical drugs. However, some people think herbal medications (which can interact with pharmaceuticals) are the same as homeopathic medicines. They aren't, and i don't know which "drug" you mean. Read more...

Adderall no longer works for my adhd. Should I try ritalin (methylphenidate)?

Maybe. The evidence in studies suggests that different stimulants are essentially equivalent (with duration of action being the main difference), but individuals sometimes benefit from changing. Be sure that you are maximizing non-medication interventions, e.g. Making lists, optimizing your environment, addressing stressors, adequate sleep; without this support, no medication is optimal. Read more...
Maybe, indeed. Dr ashley's answer is excellent. I agree that many times, onset and duration of action are important. Also, make sure your weight hasn't changed considerably since you started on the dose you are on. Ritalin (methylphenidate) is also a very effective stimulant and is available in numerous doses and formulations with different pharmacokinetics. Trying something new isn't a bad idea. Read more...
Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) no longer w. Before changing medications, discuss increasing the dose of medication that you are currently taking. Read more...
Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) Another option, if Adderall worked before, is to supplemet Adderall with Clonidine or Kapvay or wellbutrin (bupropion). Discuss with your md. Read more...
Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) Agree with my colleagues, except that i would also suggest to try vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) first if you were on extended release adderall, since both are of same group. Read more...
Things could change. How long have you been on ritalin (methylphenidate)? Has there been any social, enviromental, or phisiological changes? Why do you feel that the medicine is not working? These and many other questions need to be asked and assessed by your md.Periodic reassessment of symptoms, monitoring medication safety and efficacy are mainstays of a proper management program.Get re-evaluated...Things could have changed! Read more...
Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) I am wondering if you took the Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) for long enough time at optimum dose, questions your prescribing doctor can answer. Read more...
What has changed? Before making a switch, would want to know what might have changed. Are you taking some new medication, such as a benzodiazepine( klonopin, (clonazepam) xanax) that is exerting an opposite-type effect, has your job changed so now you are sleeping less, is alcohol playing some role here, etc? If not, increasing the dose is good next step before switching completely. Discuss honestly with your doctor -good luck! Read more...

Can a child/adult with Down syndrome be prescribed Adderall or Ritalin (methylphenidate)? If so would it have the same effect on those suffering from ADHD?

Yes. While it appears that Down Syndrome patients are less likely to suffer from ADHD, medications used to treat ADHD are probably as effective in children with Down syndrome as they are in typical children. Read more...
Child. Psych. Should be seen to evaluate this question. Essentially looking to other reasons for poor attention or impulsivity hyperactivity problems eg. Psychosrimulants can worsen other conditions that may mimic ADHD - especially Anxiety, mood. And psychological tests for intelligence need to show that the child would be good candidate for the medication eg academic achievement and intelligence. . Read more...

Is it true that generally ritalin (methylphenidate) helps more for people with ADHD (with hyperactivity), and Adderall helps more for ADHD people without hyperactivity?

Not really. Ritalin (methylphenidate) and Adderall are similar. Adderall has mor effects on norepinephrine and can better help prefrontal action such as organizing and planning. In general, Adderall is more potent and more abused than ritalin (methylphenidate). Read more...
No. Both of these drugs are stimulants. Neither has efficacy data over the other. Most people with ADHD will respond to either agent, however, a subset of individuals will have a difference in efficacy or tolerability between the two. Generally, response and intolerance are dose-dependent. Read more...