ADHD Medication Options

ADHD Medications: Comparison Chart of Stimulants & Non-Stimulants

This comprehensive chart of ADHD medications compares the most popular stimulants and non-stimulants — short- and long-acting capsules, tablets, liquids, patches, and chewables — to understand all of the treatment options for symptoms of ADD.


ADHD medications may be stimulants — methylphenidate or amphetamine — or non-stimulants. They come in short- and long-acting preparations. They have immediate- and delayed-release layers. Their delivery methods include:

– Liquid
– Chewable
– Orally disintegrating tablet
– Sprinkle
– Transdermal patch
– Crushable
– Caplet

Is it any wonder parents and adults with ADHD feel overwhelmed when considering and choosing the best treatment option with the fullest coverage and fewest side effects? Use this chart to help you see all of your options in one place and to spark a conversation with your prescribing clinician about the ADHD treatment plan that works for your family.

How to Treat ADHD in Children: Next Questions

  1. What ADHD medications are used to treat children?
  2. Is ADHD medication right for my child?
  3. What are common side effects associated with ADHD medication?
  4. What natural treatments help kids with ADHD?
  5. How can I find an ADHD specialist near me?

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