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When it comes to the treatment of ADHD, alternatives to Desoxyn may include lifestyle changes (such as therapy), other medications, or a combination of these. Examples of other stimulants that may be used in place of Desoxyn include Adderall, Dexedrine, and Focalin. While Strattera and Intuniv are the only nonstimulants approved by the FDA for treating ADHD, other nonstimulants are sometimes used "off-label" as alternatives to Desoxyn.

Alternatives to Desoxyn: An Overview

Desoxyn® (methamphetamine hydrochloride) is a prescription medication used for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and obesity. Desoxyn is part of a group of ADHD medications called stimulants.
Although Desoxyn has not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for treating ADHD in adults, healthcare providers may prescribe it "off-label" for adults with ADHD.
For most children, Desoxyn is effective in treating their ADHD symptoms and most children tolerate it well. However, as with all medicines, side effects can occur, or the medicine may not adequately control ADHD. Fortunately, there are several alternatives to Desoxyn for ADHD treatment.
Some of these Desoxyn alternatives include:
  • Lifestyle changes, including therapy
  • Other stimulant ADHD medications
  • Nonstimulant ADHD medication.

Lifestyle Changes

Whether or not ADHD medications are used, there are several steps that can be taken to help children with ADHD. Helping the child to develop a routine is often useful. Developing systems to keep the child organized (such as notebooks or binders for homework) can also be helpful.
Be sure to talk to your child's school about a 504 plan. A 504 plan (named after the law that requires public schools to accommodate children with disabilities) outlines the steps the school will take to help your child to do his or her best at school. The 504 plan also addresses how your child will receive medication at school.
Any behavioral change involves a well-balanced ADHD treatment plan, including social, educational, and mental therapy. There are several different types of therapy for ADHD, including:
  • Psychotherapy
  • Behavior therapy
  • Social skills training
  • Support groups
  • Parenting skill training
  • Behavioral interventions.
Sometimes only the child with ADHD needs counseling support. However, in many cases -- because the problem affects the family as a whole -- the entire family may need help. If lifestyle changes alone are not effective in improving ADHD symptoms, medications (such as Desoxyn) may be necessary.
(Click Behavior Therapy for ADHD for more information about the different types of ADHD therapy.)
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