Ritalin vs Adderall is a great debate among those with ADHD. In my clinical experience as a doctor specializing in the treatment of ADHD, I am frequently asked which is better.
What Are Ritalin And Adderall?
Ritalin and Adderall are both stimulants that are used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, known as ADD or ADHD. They interact with chemicals in the brain that contribute to inattention, impulse control, and hyperactivity.
The regular versions of each medication begin working in 30-60 minutes and can last for 3 hours (Ritalin) or up to 4 or 5 hours (Adderall). In addition, they are both offered in long-lasting versions that can last up to 12 hours.
In my clinical experience, Adderall typically lasts longer than most other extended or sustained release stimulants. Also, Adderall is less likely to produce rebound. (Rebound is the phenomenon where some experience irritability or depression for up to an hour as the drug wears off).
Another benefit of Adderall is that one may ingest it by swallowing the tablets or by sprinkling the contents of the tablet on a spoonful of applesauce to make it easier to tolerate.
Remember, what works for one person may not work for you. Therefore, it is difficult to compare drug reactions between people because everyone is different. That said, Adderall contains some advantages over Ritalin, but this is a simple generalization.
It is essential to have open, two-way communication with the prescribing doctor. Report any noticeable side effects. Some people find it helpful to keep a medication journal in order to track progress or side effects.
Ask questions. This empowers all of the parties involved and results in optimum treatment for you or your child.
Do not alter doses, skip does, or stop giving medications cold turkey without consulting your prescriber first. If you feel your voice is not heard then seek one who will listen. Also, it is preferable to find a doctor or psychiatrist who specializes in treating ADHD rather than rely on a primary care physician.
In the end, through personal experience, you will find whether Ritalin or Adderall is right for you.
Medications are not magic fixes. Rather, meds are simply one tool to help manage ADHD, because pills do not teach skills.
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