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Medication, particularly the stimulants, can be one of the most useful tools available for dealing with AD/HD and its related conditions. Stimulants, such as methylphenidate (Ritalin, Concerta, Daytrana, Methylin, Focalin, Metadate CD) and amphetamine (Dexedrine, Adderall, Adderall XR, Vyvanse), remain the medications of choice for treating the symptoms of AD/HD. The use of stimulants as part of a multi-modal treatment program reduce symptoms, enhance functioning, and improve overall well being.

Many of these medications are now approved for use in adults as well as children. Two of the newer medications contain stimulants, but use a new delivery system to make the effects of the medication last longer. These medications are Daytrana, which is methylphenidate in a long acting patch delivery, and Vyvanse, which is a prodrug containing a form of dexamphetamine. (A prodrug is a therapeutically inactive precursor of a drug that is converted to the active form by a metabolic process that takes place in the body after it is ingested.)

To learn more about the individual medications used to treat ADHD, click on the links below:

The following websites each provide more information about these particular products:

MetadateCD www.metadate-cd.com
Concerta   www.concerta.net
Vyvanse   www.vyvanse.com
Daytrana   www.daytrana.com
AdderallXR   www.adderallXR.com
Methylin   www.mallinckrodt.com/pharm/mk8108er%20pi%208.5x11.pdf
Strattera   www.strattera.com

 

 


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