ADHD stimulant medicines and drugs

Stimulant medicines for ADHD can be in the form of immediate-release (short acting) where the positive effects last for 3 to 6 hours depending on the stimulant, intermediate release, where there is a slower action making the stimulant last longer than immediate release (4 to 8 hours) and extended release, which is both ‘immediate and intermediate release’ combined. Extended release stimulants not only release the stimulant ADHD medication after ingestion but also 4 to 6 hours later. The positive effects of the extended release medication can last for 10 to 12 hours.

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Immediate release ADHD medicines:
• Methylphenidate (Brand names: Ritalin, Methylin, Metadate)
• Dextromethylphenidate (Brand name: Focalin)
• Dextroamphetamine (Brand name: Dextrostat, Dexedrine)
• Mixed amphetamine salts (Brand name: Adderall)
Please not that that Immediate release ADHD medicines have to be taken 2 or 3 times a day.

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Intermediate Release ADHD medicines:
• Methylphenidate (Brand names: Ritalin SR, Ritalin LA, Metadate ER, Metadate CD, Methylin ER)
• Dextroamphetamine (Brand name: Dexedrine Spansule)

Please not that intermediate release ADHD medications have to be taken one to two times a day

Extended release ADHD medicines
• Methlyphenidate (Brand name: Concerta)
• Mixed amphetamine salts (Brand name: Adderall XR)
• Lisdexamfetamine dimesylate (Brand name: Vyvanse)

Please note that extended release ADHD medicines have to be taken once daily.
Also read about the non-stimulant ADHD treatment drugs .

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