When it comes to stimulant medications for ADHD, there are a lot of alternatives to choose from, and they’re not all created equal. Children can respond very differently to different formulations and often it is trial and error before you discover the best treatment.
Adderall is a short acting form of amphetamine that takes effect after about 30-45 minutes and lasting for about 3-4 hours. This could be perfect for a younger child during school hours.
Vyvanse is amphetamine plus an extra compound called lysine, which attaches itself to the amphetamine, creating an extra step that the body has to go through to cut it off, to make it active. That means Vyvanse lasts very long—up to 14 hours. That could be too long for a seven-year-old, but if you’re in high school or college, or an adult, it could be great.
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