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Common alternatives to Ritalin may include other ADHD medications and lifestyle changes. These changes generally consist of social, educational, and mental therapy, which are systems that can help the child learn to develop a routine and organization skills. Drug alternatives to Ritalin may include other stimulant medications, such as methamphetamine, dextroamphetamine, or other methylphenidate products. Non-stimulant ADHD medications may include atomoxetine, guanfacine ER, or certain off-label ADHD medicines.

An Introduction to Ritalin Alternatives

Ritalin® (methylphenidate hydrochloride) is a prescription medication used for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. The drug is part of a group of ADHD medications called stimulants. For most children, Ritalin 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 symptoms. Fortunately, several alternatives to Ritalin are available to treat ADHD.
Some of these alternatives include:
  • Lifestyle changes, including various therapies
  • Other stimulant ADHD medications
  • Non-stimulant ADHD medications.
(Click Narcolepsy Treatment for information about alternatives to Ritalin for narcolepsy.)
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