Differences in Stimulant Medications


"What are the main differences among the various brands and forms of stimulant medications?"

Dr. Larry Silver M.D. is the author of two books about parenting ADHD/LD children.

Clinically, there are few differences between methylphenidate (brand names Ritalin, Daytrana), dextro-amphetamine (brand name Dexedrine), and the mixture of the salts of dextro- and levo- amphetamine (brand names Adderall, Vyvanse).

Some individuals respond better, or have fewer side effects, with one than another, and people often try several before finding the right medication for them.

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