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These medications are comparable to Daytrana (Methylphenidate) or used for similar purposes.

Daytrana
(Methylphenidate)

Vyvanse
(Lisdexamfetamine)

Focalin
(Dexmethylphenidate)

Kapvay
(Clonidine)

Provigil
(Modafinil)

Desoxyn
(Methamphetamine)

Strattera
(Atomoxetine)

Adderall
(Dextroamphetamine / Amphetamine)

Helps you stay awake and focus. Daytrana (Methylphenidate) is an effective medication used to treat ADHD and can be used as a patch.Helps you focus and stay alert. Vyvanse (Lisdexamfetamine) is a first-choice treatment for ADHD and you only have to take it once a day. However, it's only available as brand name drug, so it can be expensive.Helps you focus and stay alert. Focalin (Dexmethylphenidate) is a first-choice treatment for ADHD that's available as a generic, but it's a stimulant, so it can cause insomnia and other side effects.Treats ADHD and lowers blood pressure. Clonidine is a non-stimulant option to manage ADHD symptoms and behaviors, but it can lower your blood pressure.Improves alertness. Provigil (Modafinil) is effective in improving alertness, but it can interact with other medicines and shouldn't be used long-term.Helps you focus and lose weight. Desoxyn (Methamphetamine) is an effective and cheap medication used to treat ADHD, but it can be habit-forming and is not used for long-term treatment.Helps you focus and stay alert. Strattera (Atomoxetine) isn't considered a first-line medication for ADHD, but since it isn't a stimulant, it's still highly recommended.Helps you focus and stay alert. Adderall (Dextroamphetamine / Amphetamine) is a first-choice treatment for ADHD that's available as a generic, but it's a stimulant, so it can cause insomnia and other side effects.
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Reviews for Vyvanse (Lisdexamfetamine)
65%
35% vs. Daytrana (Methylphenidate)
46%
54% vs. Daytrana (Methylphenidate)
18%
+7% vs. Daytrana (Methylphenidate)
Reviews for Focalin (Dexmethylphenidate)
52%
48% vs. Daytrana (Methylphenidate)
31%
69% vs. Daytrana (Methylphenidate)
22%
+3% vs. Daytrana (Methylphenidate)

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Reviews for Provigil (Modafinil)
78%
22% vs. Daytrana (Methylphenidate)
70%
30% vs. Daytrana (Methylphenidate)
4%
+21% vs. Daytrana (Methylphenidate)

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Reviews for Strattera (Atomoxetine)
45%
55% vs. Daytrana (Methylphenidate)
32%
68% vs. Daytrana (Methylphenidate)
25%
Same vs. Daytrana (Methylphenidate)
Reviews for Adderall (Dextroamphetamine / Amphetamine)
74%
26% vs. Daytrana (Methylphenidate)
53%
47% vs. Daytrana (Methylphenidate)
16%
+9% vs. Daytrana (Methylphenidate)
Side effects
DaytranaVyvanseFocalinKapvayProvigilDesoxynStratteraAdderall
  • Decreased appetite 21%
  • Nausea 10%
  • Sleep difficulty 8%
  • Vomiting 5%
  • Dizziness 5%
  • Loss of appetite 4%
  • Irritability 4%
  • Headache 3%
  • Abdominal pain 1%
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  • Decreased appetite 35%
  • Dry mouth 23%
  • Sleep difficulty 19%
  • Any side effect 8%
  • Abdominal pain upper 6%
  • Vomiting 5%
  • Drowsiness 1%
  • Fever 1%
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We haven’t found good data for Focalin side effects.

FDA side effect reports for Focalin »
  • Drowsiness 34%
  • Any side effect 19%
  • Fatigue 15%
  • Irritability 5%
  • Sleep difficulty 5%
  • Headache 4%
  • Dry mouth 4%
  • Upper abdominal pain 3%
  • Emotional disorder 3%
  • Dizziness 2%
More Kapvay side effects »
  • Headache 11%
  • Nausea 8%
  • Any side effect 5%
  • Nervousness 4%
  • Sleep difficulty 4%
  • Anxiety 4%
  • Loss of appetite 3%
  • Dry mouth 2%
  • Sore throat 2%
  • Chest pain 2%
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We haven’t found good data for Desoxyn side effects.

FDA side effect reports for Desoxyn »
  • Nausea 20%
  • Dry mouth 15%
  • Decreased appetite 13%
  • Abdominal pain 8%
  • Drowsiness 7%
  • Impotence 7%
  • Sleep difficulty 7%
  • Dizziness 5%
  • Constipation 5%
  • Difficulty with urination flow 5%
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The Adderall FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.

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How it works
DaytranaVyvanseFocalinKapvayProvigilDesoxynStratteraAdderall
Daytrana (Methylphenidate) is a stimulant. It treats narcolepsy and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) by increasing norepinephrine and dopamine activity in the brain.Vyvanse (Lisdexamfetamine) is an amphetamine stimulant. Researchers don't know exactly how it works for ADHD, but it increases norepinephrine and dopamine activity in the brain, which affects attention and behavior.Focalin (Dexmethylphenidate) is a stimulant. Researchers don't know exactly how it works for ADHD, but it increases norepinephrine and dopamine activity in the brain, which affects attention and behavior.Clonidine is an alpha-2 agonist. Researchers don't know exactly how it works for ADHD. It works in the brain and lowers the activity of certain stress hormones, but it's not a stimulant like many ADHD medicines.Provigil (Modafinil) is a stimulant that helps you feel awake. Researchers don't know exactly how Provigil (Modafinil) works, but it probably affects chemicals (neurotransmitters) in the brain.Desoxyn (Methamphetamine) is a stimulant. It treats attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and weight loss by increasing norepinephrine and dopamine activity in the brain.Strattera (Atomoxetine) is a norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (non-stimulant). Researchers don't know exactly how it works for ADHD, but it increases norepinephrine activity in the brain, which affects attention and behavior.Adderall (Dextroamphetamine / Amphetamine) is an amphetamine stimulant. Researchers don't know exactly how it works for ADHD, but it increases norepinephrine and dopamine activity in the brain, which affects attention and behavior.
Type of medication
DaytranaVyvanseFocalinKapvayProvigilDesoxynStratteraAdderall
StimulantPrescription only
StimulantPrescription only
StimulantPrescription only
Antihypertensive
Alpha agonist
Prescription only
StimulantPrescription only
StimulantPrescription only
Selective norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI)Prescription only
StimulantPrescription only
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Risk factors for serious side effects
DaytranaVyvanseFocalinKapvayProvigilDesoxynStratteraAdderall
  • History of heart problems
  • History of drug abuse
  • History of psychotic episodes
  • History of bipolar disorder
  • History of Tourette's syndrome
  • Children
  • History of seizures
    • Use of MAO inhibitors
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    Pregnancy category
    DaytranaVyvanseFocalinKapvayProvigilDesoxynStratteraAdderall
    CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

    Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

    See the FDA package insert
    CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

    Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

    See the FDA package insert
    CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

    Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

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    CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

    Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

    See the FDA package insert
    CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

    Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

    See the FDA package insert
    CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

    Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

    See the FDA package insert
    CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

    Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

    See the FDA package insert
    CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

    Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

    See the FDA package insert
    Alcohol
    • Don't use alcohol or drugs while on this.
    • Don't take it with alcohol or drugs.
    • Don't take it with alcohol or drugs.
    No specific alcohol-related info.
    • Don't drink alcohol with Provigil (Modafinil).
    No specific alcohol-related info.No specific alcohol-related info.
    • Don't take it with alcohol or drugs.
    Food
    No specific food-related info.No specific food-related info.No specific food-related info.No specific food-related info.No specific food-related info.
    • If you're taking Desoxyn (Methamphetamine) for weight loss, take it 30 minutes before a meal. Desoxyn (Methamphetamine) can affect your concentration, so don't drive or do anything that requires concentration until you know how your body reacts to it.
    No specific food-related info.No specific food-related info.
    Kidneys and liver
    No specific kidneys and liver-related info.No specific kidneys and liver-related info.No specific kidneys and liver-related info.No specific kidneys and liver-related info.
    • Not a good choice if you have liver or kidney problems.
    No specific kidneys and liver-related info.No specific kidneys and liver-related info.No specific kidneys and liver-related info.
    Sex
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    • It can cause changes in sex drive.
    No specific sex-related info.
    Sleep
    • Don't take Daytrana (Methylphenidate) in the evening or you won't be able to sleep. If using the patch, put it on early in the morning to prevent insomnia.
    No specific sleep-related info.No specific sleep-related info.
    • Can cause drowsiness, headache, dizziness, and dry mouth.
    • Effective in reducing excessive sleepiness in Shift-work Sleep Disorder.
    • Doesn't negatively affect daytime sleep.
    • Don't take Desoxyn (Methamphetamine) in the evening or you won't be able to sleep.
    No specific sleep-related info.
    • Can cause trouble sleeping, so don't take it too close to bedtime.
    Weight
    • Appetite suppression can occur. In clinical studies, long-term treatment with stimulants similar to Daytrana (Methylphenidate) caused a temporary slowing of growth rate (both height and weight) in children who started the medication before they started puberty. Doctors should monitor children's growth during treatment.
    No specific weight-related info.No specific weight-related info.No specific weight-related info.No specific weight-related info.
    • Only recommended for weight loss if other medications and plans haven't worked.
    • If you're taking Desoxyn (Methamphetamine) for weight loss, take it 30 minutes before a meal. Desoxyn (Methamphetamine) can affect your concentration, so don't drive or do anything that requires concentration until you know how your body reacts to it.
    No specific weight-related info.
    • Can cause blurry vision, loss of appetite, weight loss, headache, dry mouth, or anxious feelings.
    Upsides and benefits
    DaytranaVyvanseFocalinKapvayProvigilDesoxynStratteraAdderall
    • The patch is convenient since it can be put on in the morning and doesn't need to be removed until 9 hours later.
    • Recommended as a first-choice medication to treat ADHD in both adults and children.
    • Vyvanse (Lisdexamfetamine) is used in combination with counseling or other non-drug therapies to treat ADHD.
    • Usually dosed once a day, so parents don't need to send the medication with their children to school.
    • The capsule can be taken whole, or opened into a glass of water or orange juice, or swallowed in a spoonful of yogurt.
    • First-choice medication to treat ADHD.
    • Focalin (Dexmethylphenidate) is used in combination with counseling or other non-drug therapies to treat ADHD.
    • Available in both an immediate-release form, which is given twice a day, and an extended-release form, which is given once a day.
    • Capsules can be opened and sprinkled in water or applesauce for people who don't like swallowing pills.
    • Available as a generic medication.
    • Can be used alone or together with a stimulant-type medicine to treat ADHD.
    • In studies, it improved attention span and lowered hyperactivity and impulsivity in children and adolescents ages 6 to 17.
    • Also treats blood pressure and some nervous system and psychiatric conditions.
    • It's a non-amphetamine medicine that helps improve alertness.
    • Available in a generic version.
    • Effective in reducing excessive sleepiness in Shift-work Sleep Disorder.
    • Doesn't negatively affect daytime sleep.
    • Available as a generic, so it is cheaper than other medications to treat ADHD.
    • Recommended as a first-choice medication to treat ADHD in both adults and children.
    • One of the few medications used to treat ADHD that's not a stimulant.
    • It isn't a controlled substance.
    • Strattera (Atomoxetine) is used in combination with counseling or other non-drug therapies to treat ADHD.
    • You usually only need to take it once a day.
    • Adderall (Dextroamphetamine / Amphetamine) is used in combination with counseling or other non-drug therapies to treat ADHD.
    • Available in both immediate and extended release forms.
    • The capsules can be opened, mixed in a spoonful of applesauce, and swallowed if you can't swallow the whole capsules.
    • First-choice medication to treat ADHD.
    • Available as a generic medication.
    Downsides and risks
    DaytranaVyvanseFocalinKapvayProvigilDesoxynStratteraAdderall
    • Need to change where you place the patch every day, otherwise your skin can become irritated.
    • Need to avoid exposing the patch to heat sources such as heaters and electric blankets since the heat can cause the patch to unsafely release more drug than it was designed for.
    • Can't use this if you have glaucoma.
    • Not safe for children younger than 6 years.
    • The patch is only available as brand name, so it can be expensive.
    • Has to be taken in the morning, otherwise it can cause insomnia later that night.
    • Not available as a generic medication, so it can be expensive.
    • It's a controlled medication and should be locked up to prevent potential abuse.
    • Not safe for people with a history of heart problems.
    • Needs to be taken in the morning and early afternoon, or else it can cause insomnia later that night.
    • It's a controlled medication and should be locked up to prevent potential abuse.
    • Can lower blood pressure.
    • The pill form can make some people sleepy, dizzy, and have dry mouth.
    • You can't miss doses. Stopping Clonidine suddenly can cause your blood pressure to go up suddenly, which raises the risk of heart attack and stroke.
    • Provigil (Modafinil) can be habit-forming, so it's typically not used for long-term treatment.
    • Interacts with many other medications.
    • Taking Provigil (Modafinil) will make hormonal birth control less effective. You should definitely use additional forms of non-hormonal contraception.
    • Not a good choice if you have liver or kidney problems.
    • Only recommended for weight loss if other medications and plans haven't worked.
    • Only used for short-term treatment because it is habit-forming.
    • If you want to stop taking Desoxyn (Methamphetamine), talk to your doctor since stopping can cause withdrawal symptoms.
    • Not safe for use in children younger than 12 years.
    • It's a second-line medication used to treat ADHD. Other medications are usually tried first.
    • It's only available as a brand name medication, so it can be expensive.
    • Has to be taken in the morning and early afternoon, otherwise it can cause insomnia.
    • For schooled-aged children, the second dose will likely need to be given at school.
    • It's a controlled medication and should be locked up to prevent potential abuse.
    • Not safe for people with a history of heart problems.
    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    DaytranaVyvanseFocalinKapvayProvigilDesoxynStratteraAdderall
    • Don't take Daytrana (Methylphenidate) in the evening or you won't be able to sleep. If using the patch, put it on early in the morning to prevent insomnia.
    • Don't use alcohol or drugs while on this.
    • Don't expose the patch to heaters or electric blankets since more drug can be unsafely released.
    • Take the patch off after 9 hours and make sure you change the location of the patch every day.
    • Keep it out of reach of children and store the medication in a safe place.
    • Take Vyvanse (Lisdexamfetamine) early in the morning to prevent insomnia later that night.
    • Avoid driving the first few days that you take Vyvanse (Lisdexamfetamine) until you know how your body reacts to it.
    • Store it in a locked area to prevent abuse.
    • It can cause changes in your mood.
    • Don't take it with alcohol or drugs.
    • Can raise your blood pressure and pulse, so it's not safe for people with heart problems.
    • Store Focalin (Dexmethylphenidate) in a locked area to prevent abuse.
    • Take it early in the morning to prevent insomnia later that night.
    • It can cause changes in your mood and vision.
    • The extended-release capsules can be opened and sprinkled on a small amount of applesauce.
    • Common side effects include a decreased appetite, nausea, and insomnia.
    • Can raise your blood pressure and pulse, so it's not safe for people with heart problems.
    • Don't take it with alcohol or drugs.
    • Can cause drowsiness, headache, dizziness, and dry mouth.
    • For ADHD: Might take up to 2 weeks to see effects.
    • For high blood pressure: Check your blood pressure 1 week after starting this medicine, and tell your doctor if it hasn't improved.
    • If side effects don't go away, talk to your doctor about alternatives.
    • Don't stop taking this medicine suddenly.
    • Take Provigil (Modafinil) about an hour before you need to be fully alert.
    • Taking caffeine with Provigil (Modafinil) can cause you to feel nervous, shaky, and have a faster heartbeat. Try limiting your caffeine intake.
    • Until you know how Provigil (Modafinil) makes you feel, don't drive or perform any tasks that need you to be alert.
    • You can experience withdrawal symptoms if you suddenly stop taking Provigil (Modafinil). Talk to your doctor before making any changes.
    • Tell your doctor right away if you break out in a rash.
    • Don't drink alcohol with Provigil (Modafinil).
    • Don't take Desoxyn (Methamphetamine) in the evening or you won't be able to sleep.
    • If you're taking Desoxyn (Methamphetamine) for weight loss, take it 30 minutes before a meal. Desoxyn (Methamphetamine) can affect your concentration, so don't drive or do anything that requires concentration until you know how your body reacts to it.
    • Desoxyn (Methamphetamine) is only meant to be used for a few weeks since it can be habit-forming and lose its effectiveness.
    • Can cause reduced appetite, insomnia, and restlessness.
    • It can cause changes in sex drive.
    • It can also cause changes in your mood.
    • Take it at the same time every day.
    • Common side effects include decreased appetite, nausea, and constipation.
    • The capsules can't be opened and need to be swallowed whole.
    • Can raise your blood pressure and pulse, so it's not safe for people with heart problems.
    • Can cause blurry vision, loss of appetite, weight loss, headache, dry mouth, or anxious feelings.
    • Can cause trouble sleeping, so don't take it too close to bedtime.
    • If using the extended-release version, the first dose is best taken right after waking up in the morning.
    • Capsules can be opened and sprinkled on applesauce, which can then be swallowed without chewing.
    • Don't take it with alcohol or drugs.
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