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There are several alternatives to Dexedrine that may be used for treating ADHD. These may include lifestyle changes, other stimulant medications, and nonstimulant medications. Lifestyle changes that may be used with or in place of Dexedrine include different types of therapy. Stimulants are effective alternatives to Dexedrine, but they are also controlled substances.

Alternatives to Dexedrine: An Overview

Dexedrine® (dextroamphetamine sulfate) is a prescription medication used for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. Dexedrine is part of a group of ADHD medications called stimulants.
Although Dexedrine 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, Dexedrine 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 in some people. Fortunately, there are several alternatives to Dexedrine for ADHD treatment.
Some of these Dexedrine alternatives include:
  • Lifestyle changes, including therapy
  • Other stimulant ADHD medications
  • Nonstimulant ADHD medication.
(Click Narcolepsy Treatment for information about alternatives to Dexedrine for the treatment of narcolepsy.)
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