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Stimulant Medications for ADHDAdderall is probably the best known stimulant medication for ADHD. However, there are many other choices in stimulant medications that may be considered Adderall alternatives. Stimulants are very effective, but they are also controlled substances and have the potential to be abused. As a result, there are strict rules concerning how stimulants are prescribed (see Adderall: A Controlled Substance for more information).
Many of the stimulant medications for ADHD contain similar ingredients, but differ in how long the medication lasts or how the medication is released (immediate release versus extended release). In addition to Adderall, other stimulant medication choices include:
- Desoxyn® (methamphetamine)
- Vyvanse™ (lisdexamfetamine)
- Dexedrine® (dextroamphetamine) and a longer-acting version, Dexedrine Spansules®
- Focalin® (dexmethylphenidate)
- Focalin XR® (dexmethylphenidate extended release), a long-acting version of Focalin
- Methylphenidate products, including:
- Ritalin®, the original short-acting version of methylphenidate
- Methylin®, which is short-acting like Ritalin, but comes in chewable tablets and a liquid form
Provigil® (modafinil) is a stimulant that is sometimes used off-label to treat ADHD (it is not approved for this use and has not been adequately studied in people with ADHD). Provigil may be less likely to be abused than other stimulants.