ADHD Medications

The Ultimate ADHD Medication List

Use this comprehensive ADHD medication chart to understand the similarities and differences between the most popular stimulants and non-stimulants for children and adults with attention deficit.

ADHD medications - illustration of different medication formulations

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ADHD Medications Overview

This chart presents the most popular and most commonly prescribed medications used to treat ADHD in children and adults. Stimulant medications are categorized into methylphenidates and amphetamines, and non-stimulants are included at the end.

Share this ADHD medication chart with your doctor to aid the process of finding the treatment solution that best manages symptoms for yourself or your child.

MEDICATION FORMULATION DURATION AND DELIVERY SYSTEM NOTES ON ADMINISTRATION SAVINGS PROGRAM
Methylphenidates
Adhansia XR® (Adlon Pharmaceuticals) Capsule Extended coverage; 20% immediate-release layer and 80% controlled-release layer Capsule may be opened and contents swallowed with applesauce or yogurt. Adhansia XR™ Savings Card
Aptensio XR® or
generic (Rhodes Pharmaceuticals et al)
Capsule Extended coverage; 40% immediate-release layer and 60% controlled-release layer Capsule may be opened and contents swallowed with applesauce or yogurt.
Azstarys™ (Corium) Capsule Extended coverage; 30% immediate-release, 70% absorbed slowly over several hours Capsule may be opened and contents swallowed with applesauce. CoriumCaresTM Support
Program
(800-910-8432)
Concerta® or generic
 (Janssen and others) Tablet Extended coverage; initial peak at 1 hour, then gradual release over 9 hours Must be swallowed whole with liquid; non-absorbable shell may be passed in stool. CONCERTA® Savings
Program
Cotempla XR-ODT®
 (Aytu BioPharma) Orally disintegrating tablet Extended coverage; 25% immediate-release and 75% extended-release particles Grape-flavored; allow tablet to dissolve in saliva. Neos RxConnect Program
Daytrana® (Noven Therapeutics) Transdermal patch Extended coverage; 9 hour maximum wear-time; apply 2 hours before effect is needed; effects last up to 3 hours after patch is removed Applied once-daily to alternating hips; time worn can vary to control effect duration; do not cut or tear patch; monitor for skin sensitivity. Savings on Daytrana®
program
Focalin® or generic
(Novartis and others) Tablet Short-term coverage Two doses may be prescribed per day, at least four hours apart.
Focalin XR® or generic 
(Novartis and others) Capsule Extended coverage; 50% immediate-release and 50% delayed-release Capsule may be opened and contents swallowed with applesauce. Focalin® XR Co-Pay Card
JORNAY PM®
 (Ironshore Pharmaceuticals) Capsule Extended coverage; outer layer delays release for 10-12 hours for early morning symptom control, inner layer controls extended daytime release Take only in the evening. Capsule may be opened and contents swallowed with applesauce. Jornay PM™ Savings Offer
Metadate CD® or generic
 (Lannet Company and others) Capsule Extended coverage; 30% immediate-release
layer and 70% extended-release layer
Capsule may be opened and contents swallowed with applesauce.
Methylin® or generic (Shionogi Inc. and others) Liquid Short-term coverage Grape-flavored; two or three doses may be prescribed per day.
QuilliChew ER®
 (Tris Pharma) Chewable tablet Extended coverage; 30% immediate-release and 70% extended-release. LiquiXR technology for continuous release throughout the day Cherry-flavored; taken once daily; tablet may be chewed or swallowed whole. 11 dosing options allow for microtitration. Tris Savings Program
Quillivant XR®
 (Tris Pharma) Liquid Extended coverage; 20% immediate-release and 80% extended-release. LiquiXR technology for continuous release throughout the day Banana-flavored; shake for at least 10 seconds before administering; liquid format allows for microtitration. Tris Savings Program
Ritalin® or generic
 (Novartis and others) Tablet Short-term coverage Two or three doses may be prescribed per day.
Ritalin LA® (Novartis) Capsule Extended coverage; 50% immediate-release and 50% delayed-release (2nd peak 4 hours later) Capsule may be opened and contents swallowed with applesauce.
Amphetamines
Adderall® or generic
 (Teva and others) Tablet Short-term coverage Two or three doses may be prescribed per day.
Adderall XR® or generic
 (Takeda and others) Capsule Extended coverage; mixture of immediate- and delayed-release beads for a double-pulsed delivery Capsule may be opened and contents swallowed with applesauce
Adzenys XR-ODT®
 (Aytu BioPharma) Orally disintegrating tablet Extended coverage; 50% immediate-release and 50% delayed-release particles Orange-flavored; allow tablet to dissolve in saliva Neos RxConnect Program

 

Desoxyn® or generic (Recordati Rare Diseases and others) Tablet Extended coverage Taken once or twice daily.
Dexedrine Spansule® 
(Amneal Pharmaceuticals and others) Capsule Extended coverage; initial dose released immediately, remaining medication released gradually. Capsule must be swallowed whole with liquid.
DYANAVEL® XR
 (Tris Pharma) Liquid Extended coverage; up to 13 hour effectiveness. LiquiXR technology for continuous release throughout the day Bubblegum-flavored; shake bottle before administering; liquid format allows for microtitration. Tris Savings Program
Evekeo® or generic
 (Arbor Pharmaceuticals and others) Tablet Short-term coverage Two or three doses may be prescribed per day. Evekeo® Copay Savings Program
Mydayis® (Takeda) Capsule Extended coverage (up to 16-hours);
33% immediate release, 33% delayed-release, 33% second-phase delayed release.
Capsule may be opened and contents swallowed with applesauce. Mydayis® Savings
Card
ProCentra® or
generic (Independence Pharmaceuticals and others)
Liquid Short-term coverage Bubblegum-flavored; two or three doses may be prescribed per day Patient Coupon
Vyvanse® (Takeda) Capsule Extended coverage; peaks in 3.5 hours Capsule may be opened and contents dissolved in water, yogurt, or orange juice. Vyvanse® Savings Card
Vyvanse® (Takeda) Chewable tablet Extended coverage; peaks in 4.4 hours Strawberry-flavored. Vyvanse® Savings Card
Zenzedi® (Arbor
Pharmaceuticals)
Tablet Short-term coverage Two to three doses may be prescribed
per day.
Zenzedi® Copay Savings Program
Non-Stimulants
Intuniv® or generic Tablet Extended coverage; builds up to 24-hour effectiveness Taken once daily. Tablet must be swallowed whole with liquid. Takeda Help at Hand Program
Kapvay® or generic (Advanz Pharma and others) Tablet Extended coverage; builds up to 24-hour effectiveness Taken twice daily. Tablet must be swallowed whole.
Qelbree™
 (Supernus Pharmaceuticals) Capsule Extended coverage; builds up to 24-hour effectiveness Taken once daily. Capsule may be opened and contents swallowed with applesauce Qelbree™ Savings Card
Strattera® or generic 
(Eli Lilly and others) Capsule Extended coverage; builds up to 24-hour effectiveness Taken once or twice daily. Capsule must be swallowed whole with liquid. Lilly Cares® Foundation Patient Assistance Program

ADHD Medication List: Next Steps

The Ages & Stages of ADHD

This ADHD medication list is part of ADDitude’s 5-part “Ages & Stages” series exploring common ADHD-related challenges through the lifecycle, along with strategies and treatments for each. Access more articles in the series here:

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