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Stimulant Medications for ADHD

Daytrana is often effective for treating ADHD; however, there are many other choices in stimulant medications that may be considered Daytrana alternatives. Stimulants are very effective, but they are also controlled substances and have the potential to be abused. Because of this, there are strict rules concerning the prescribing of stimulants (see Daytrana: 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 Daytrana, other stimulant medication choices include:
 
  • Other methylphenidate products (containing the same active ingredient as Daytrana), including:
 
 
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.
 
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