Reply To: Methylphenidate

Penny Williams

ADHD medication is to be started at the lowest dose and only increased IF and WHEN needed. A schedule of increases as your doctor has prescribed is not following best practices.

ADHD stimulant medication works differently for every individual because its effectiveness is dependent on metabolism, genetics, and neurochemistry. What works beautifully for someone else may not work for you at all or vice versa.

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. Many doctors will trial both early on to see which is the right fit.

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

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