Alternatives to Metadate
Metadate is among the best-known stimulant medications for ADHD; however, other choices in stimulant medications can be considered as alternatives to Metadate. Stimulants are effective, but they are also controlled substances and have the potential to be abused. Because of this, there are strict rules concerning their prescription (see Metadate: A Controlled Substance for more information).
Many of the stimulant medications used 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 Metadate, other stimulant medication choices include:
- Other methylphenidate products (containing the same active ingredient as Metadate), including:
- Daytrana®, a methylphenidate patch
- Ritalin®, the original short-acting version of methylphenidate
- Methylin®, which is short-acting, like Ritalin, but comes in chewable tablets and a liquid form
- Long-acting methylphenidate products, such as Concerta®, Ritalin LA®, and Ritalin SR® (see Methylphenidate Extended-Release for information about the differences among these products)
- Adderall® (amphetamine and dextroamphetamine) and a longer-acting version, Adderall XR®
- Desoxyn® (methamphetamine)
- Dexedrine® (dextroamphetamine) and a longer-acting version, Dexedrine Spansules®
- Focalin® (dexmethylphenidate) and a longer-acting version, Focalin XR®.
Provigil® (modafinil) is a stimulant that is sometimes used in an off-label fashion to treat ADHD. However, the drug is not approved for this use and has not been adequately studied in people with the condition. Provigil may be less likely to be abused than other stimulants.