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Helps you focus and stay alert.

Concerta (Methylphenidate) is a first-choice treatment for ADHD. It comes in many different forms and is also available as a generic. That said, the immediate-release form needs to be taken more frequently than other alternatives.

3.5/ 5 average rating with 526 reviewsforRitalin
Treats attention deficit disorder.

Dexedrine (dextroamphetamine) is an effective medicine for treatment of ADHD, but often abused for recreational purposes.

4.3/ 5 average rating with 28 reviewsforDexedrine
Upsides
  • First-choice medication to treat ADHD.
  • Concerta (Methylphenidate) is used in combination with counseling or other non-drug therapies to treat ADHD.
  • Available as a generic medication.
  • Available in many different forms: extended-release and immediate-release oral tablets, chewable immediate-release tablets, liquid, suspension, and skin patches.
  • Capsules can be opened and sprinkled in water or applesauce for people who don't like swallowing pills.
  • Recommended as a first-choice treatment of ADHD.
  • Available as generic version.
  • For more flexible dosing schedule, Dexedrine (dextroamphetamine) is available in short and long formulations.
  • If you have difficulty swallowing pills, Dexedrine (dextroamphetamine) is available as a liquid.
Downsides
  • The immediate-release form needs to be taken two or three times a day.
  • After taking Concerta, the tablet shell can be seen in your stool, but don't be concerned since the medication was still absorbed by your body.
  • The second or third dose needs be taken by early afternoon, otherwise insomnia can affect you that night.
  • Patients should avoid alcohol since it'll cause worse side effects from Concerta (Methylphenidate).
  • It's a controlled medication and should be locked up to prevent potential abuse.
  • Taking Dexedrine (dextroamphetamine) can decrease your appetite.
  • If taken late in the day, Dexedrine (dextroamphetamine) can cause insomnia.
  • People who take high doses of Dexedrine (dextroamphetamine) are more likely to have anxiety, restlessness, or irritability.
  • Requires a new prescription from your doctor every month.
  • Not a good option if you have a history of seizures.
  • Can be habit-forming so make sure you use it only as prescribed.
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Chewable tablet
  • Oral solution
  • Liquid
  • Patch
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Liquid
Price
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Reviews
526 reviews so far
60%
saidit'sworth it
42%
saiditworked well
19%
saidit'sa big hassle

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28 reviews so far
89%
saidit'sworth it
79%
saiditworked well
21%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
The Concerta (Methylphenidate) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
The Dexedrine (dextroamphetamine) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and risk factors
  • Serious or life-threatening cardiovascular events
    • History of heart problems
  • Aggressive behavior and psychosis
    • History of psychotic episodes
    • History of Bipolar Disorder
  • Long-term growth suppression
    • Children ages 7 to 10
  • Abuse and dependence
    • History of drug abuse
  • Seizures
    • History of seizures
  • Prolonged erection
  • Circulation problems in the hands and feet
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  • Abuse and dependence
    • History of drug abuse
  • Serious or life-threatening heart problems
    • History of heart problems
  • Aggressive behavior and psychosis
    • History of psychotic episodes
    • History of bipolar disorder
  • Long-term growth suppression
    • Children
  • Seizures
    • History of seizures
  • Serotonin Syndrome (rare, life-threatening)
    • Using other medicines that increase serotonin levels in the brain
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