This reply was originally posted by user adhdmomma in ADDitude’s now-retired community.
ADHD medications and dosages are very individual. The medication that works for you depends on your neurotransmitter needs, genetics, and metabolism. There isn’t any medication that “works best” or is better for women.
Learn all you can about ADHD medication to make an informed decision.
There are two types of stimulants: methylphenidate (Ritalin, Concerta, etc) and amphetamine (Vyvanse, Adderall, etc). This article links to a chart of all ADHD meds by type: https://www.additudemag.com/adhd/article/718.html. Most people do well on one type or the other, but not both. It takes trial and error to know what’s right for you, unfortunately.
Here’s more on ADHD medication:
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