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Ritalin LA makes me depressed. Ritalin IR makes my anxiety worse. Adderall ER and Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) make me depressed. Can't take Strattera. Wht cn i tk 4 Adhd?

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
9 doctors agree

In brief: Diagnostic re-eval-

uation is needed.
Criteria for ADHD = significant symptoms of Inattention &/or hyperactivity/impulsivity for 6 mos. or > that cause harmful dysfunction at home & school before age 10. Psychiatrists assess for ADHD & comorbid mood & anxiety disorders & manage medications. Neuropsychologists test for comorbid processing & learning disorders. Psychologists do testing & provide therapy. See CHADD.org

In brief: Diagnostic re-eval-

uation is needed.
Criteria for ADHD = significant symptoms of Inattention &/or hyperactivity/impulsivity for 6 mos. or > that cause harmful dysfunction at home & school before age 10. Psychiatrists assess for ADHD & comorbid mood & anxiety disorders & manage medications. Neuropsychologists test for comorbid processing & learning disorders. Psychologists do testing & provide therapy. See CHADD.org
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
The 2nd-tier medications listed in the other answers may help. Psychiatrists may use lower doses of long-acting forms of either stimulant, methylphenidate or amphetamine, + an adjunctive 24-hour non-stimulant like Intuniv if side effects (SE) preclude optimal doses of stimulant. Rebound symptoms of depression & agitation as a stimulant wears off differ from SE while the med is "on board."
Dr. TRUC DAO
the diagnosis may not be ASHD at all. The symptoms you have may be part of a larger syndrome that comprises the ADD-ADHD symptoms and other symptoms not yet identified that make the diagnosis totally different that implies other totally different medications. Your dr need to re-dx you carefully.
Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
6 doctors agree

In brief: ADHD alternatives

Talk to your doctor about other alternatives such as Concerta, Intuniv, Tenex, (guanfacine) Clonidine, Kapvay, etc.

In brief: ADHD alternatives

Talk to your doctor about other alternatives such as Concerta, Intuniv, Tenex, (guanfacine) Clonidine, Kapvay, etc.
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Dr. Tanya Russo
Pediatrics
4 doctors agree

In brief: Alternate ADHD meds

Guanfacine, clonidine, bupropion and certain other antidepressants are possible nonstimulant alternatives for ADHD treatment.
The latter choices may also help address any underlying depression or anxiety. Best wishes!

In brief: Alternate ADHD meds

Guanfacine, clonidine, bupropion and certain other antidepressants are possible nonstimulant alternatives for ADHD treatment.
The latter choices may also help address any underlying depression or anxiety. Best wishes!
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Dr. William Singer
Pediatrics - Neurology

In brief: Speak to your treate

Altrenatives include Provigil, Nuvigil, Imipramine, Amantadine.
Speak to your treater.

In brief: Speak to your treate

Altrenatives include Provigil, Nuvigil, Imipramine, Amantadine.
Speak to your treater.
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