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Penny Williams

There are two types of stimulant medications used to treat ADHD: amphetamines (Adderall, Vyvanse, etc…) and methylphenidates (Ritalin, Concerta, etc…). Most people do well with one type or the other, but not both. It could simply be that you need to take a methylphenidate instead.

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

Also, ADHD medications rarely work perfectly on the first try. It’s a process to find the right medication and dosage, so keep working with your doctor.

ADHD Medications Rarely Work Perfectly On the First Try

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