Alternatives to Adderall

If Adderall is not adequately controlling ADHD for you or your child, or if you develop bothersome side effects from the medication, there are some alternatives you can try. Some of the alternatives to Adderall include lifestyle changes, other stimulant ADHD medications, and nonstimulant ADHD medications. Stimulant medications can be effective at treating ADHD, but they are a controlled substance and have the potential of being abused. At this time, there are only two nonstimulant medications licensed to treat ADHD.

Alternatives to Adderall: An Overview

Adderall® (amphetamine and dextroamphetamine) is a prescription medication that has been licensed to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. Adderall XR® (amphetamine-dextroamphetamine extended release), a long-acting form, is approved for use in ADHD treatment.
Adderall is part of a group of ADHD medications called stimulants. For most children, Adderall is effective in treating their ADHD symptoms and most children tolerate it well. However, as with all medicines, side effects can occur. Also, in some cases, the medicine may not adequately control a person's ADHD. Fortunately, there are several alternatives to Adderall for ADHD treatment.
Some of these Adderall alternatives include:
  • Lifestyle changes, including therapy
  • Other stimulant ADHD medications
  • Non-stimulant ADHD medication.
(Click Narcolepsy Treatment for information about alternatives to Adderall for the treatment of narcolepsy).
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