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Penny Williams
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There are two types of stimulants: amphetamine (Adderall, Vyvanse, Evekeo…) and methylphenidate (Ritalin, Concerta, Quillivant…). Almost everyone does well on one type or the other, but not both. You were prescribed two methylphenidates, so those clearly aren’t the best type for you. I looked up Amfexa (we don’t have it in the US that I can tell), and it’s a dexamphetamine. This makes sense as a next step since it would be best to try an amphetamine after you ruled out methylphenidates. Unfortunately, many doctors aren’t aware that people do well on one or the other but not both.

This article explains ADHD medication in detail:

A Patient’s Primer on the Stimulant Medications Used to Treat ADHD

Penny
ADDitude Community Moderator, Parenting ADHD Trainer & Author, Mom to teen w/ ADHD, LDs, and autism