My Dr. prescribed me Dextroamphetamine, but I thought he said it was Adderall. I have recently been diagnosed with Adult ADHD and it runs in my family, so I informed him of what medication they recommended worked for them. After looking it up, it seems to be a different medication. I feel like it is helping, but I want to find the right medication?
What is the difference between Adderall and Dextroamphetamine?
Question posted by smae11 on 23 May 2010
Last updated on 22 February 2020 by 01joojoo
Dextroamphetamine and amphetamine are stimulants that increase the activity of neurotransmitters in nerves and the brain which help with hyperactivity, impulse control and excessive sleepiness.
Dextroamphetamine tablets or capsules contain one active ingredient (dextroamphetamine).
Adderall contains amphetamine and dextroamphetamine. It is made up of 25% of levoamphetamine salts and 75% dextroamphetamine salts.
The combining of dextroamphetamine and levoamphetamine has the benefit of the more potent stimulant effect of dextroamphetamine with the longer lasting effect of levoamphetamine. However, levoamphetamine also has more cardiovascular and peripheral effects.
Patient therapy can also been individualized by using different formulations including immediate release tablets or capsules that are absorbed more quickly but have a shorter effect and may need to be taken more than once a day. There are also sustained release formulations designed to release slowly, with a longer lasting effect that facilitates once daily dosing.
Further reading: https://www.drugs.com/drug-class/cns-stimulants.html
my Doctor prescribed me D-Amphetamine salt combo 30mg. tabs. It is really heping me to stay focused and my anxiety has went down. I have been taking it for months,I take a pill a day,but seems like somtime have to take 1 and 1/2 to help through day. I only get 30 pills a month,so I was wondering if I should ask for a time released pill, because I run short on tabs at end of month.What do you suggest me asking for higher dosage or time released
Adderall= name brand drug (amphetamine and dextroamphetamine)
Amphetamine=generic brand drug (amphetamine)
D-amphetamine salt combo=generic brand drug (dextroamphetamine and levoampthetamine)
Vyvanse=name brand drug (lisdexamphetamine)
There are minor to no differences in the feeling of the drugs or there duration. There are versions of Adderall in extended release form, but the drug Vyvanse works much better and has a cleaner feeling than the xr (extended release) Adderall.
I have Atrocious ADHD, I have to rewind a TV Show 14 times. I am fooling with my phone, looking at magazines, realize I missed most of TV Show. I have taken all Drugs for ADHD, none worked. I am now on Maximum Dose of Amphetamines. So far, it has helped. However, I ALWAYS end up needing an increased Dose because I have a Proven record of Metabolizing Drugs Incredibly fast. I take 1,400 mg of Seroquel. I do not think Adderall and Amphetamines is the same. Adderall did NOTHING for me. The Amphetamines have helped. I have never had any side effects from any of the ADHD Drugs. I think you need to either sit down with your current Doctor and tell them what you are going through. Or go to another Doctor and make sure to include the Family History.
If the medication is working for you then why change it!!! Everyone is different, medications work different for each person also. So if I was you I would stick with the medication that’s working for you.
Are these the same medications?
I have been prescribed 7:00a.m.- Adderall XR 30mg Capsules and 2:00 pm -D-Amphetamine Salt Combo 30mg Tabs. Just trying to understand if one is extended release and one if for quick release?
Dextroamphetamine is used to treat the symptoms of ADHD (difficulty focusing, remaining still, controlling behaviors, and remaining quiet compared to other people of the same age). It is also prescribed for narcolepsy.
Dextroamphetamine and levoamphetamine are enantiomers of amphetamine, which means that they are mirror-image compounds of one another. Dextroamphetamine is the stronger of the two( more pharmacologically active).
Dextroamphetamine typically has a shorter onset of action as well as a shorter half life. Because of the medications potency there will be differences in dosing. Dosing between dextroamphetamine and adderall is not equal on a milligram to milligram basis. That is something that your physician will already know and has already taken into consideration.
Adderall is a combination of four salts as a single entity amphetamine product. In layman's terms that means that they have taken four different parts and used different salts(i.e. sulfate, aspartate etc... ) to produce a more varied pharmacokinetic profile(longer time to peak blood concentration, half-life).
In parting , If your physician has prescribed you this particular medication then he or she has determined that it is the appropriate medication for you.
The difference between each medication is not as important as if the medication/treatment is working for you.
Lastly always do remember that if you have any very important or pressing issues with your medication you can always call any pharmacy and speak with a pharmacist if your regular physician is not immediately available and if it is an emergency always call 911 and I wish you the best.
I have been treated for ADHD since 1996 with Ritalin, then Concerta, then Adderall, then Adderall XR, then Adderall tablets again. I noticed pink pills as opposed to the orange pills. For some reason my dose was 20mg on the pink pill prescription and not the usual 30 mg so I thought that was the color difference. But I felt so bad on the pink 20 mg tablet I looked at the bottle to see it was DextroAMP - Dextroamphetamine rather than Amphetamine salts. When I got next prescription I made sure it was Amphetamine Salts and back to life again!
Adderall is was a brand name of mixed amphetamine salts in pill form, and is instant release. It was made by Shire Pharmaceuticals in the mid 1990's. They have stopped making the brand name of this drug, called Adderall recently. However, when their copyright expired, about four generic drug companies produced a generic version of Adderall, or 'mixed amphetamine salts'. Adderall, or now it's generic "mixed amphetamine salts" contains a mixture of d-amphetamine (or Dextroamphetamine) salts and l-amphetamine (or Levoamphetamine salts). Chemically l-amphetamine is the mirror image of d-amphetamine, in that if you put dextroamphetamine in a mirror it's chemical structure, or bond at one point would be on the opposite side of Dextroamphetamine. Dextroamphetamine consists of only one amphetamine salt (d-amphetamine), as opposed to two different salts such as in generic Adderall.
The difference between the two really depends upon the individual, as it varies from person to person. Dextroamphetamine is proported to be a quicker acting, more centrally brain activating, but of shorter duration than the mixed salts of version (Adderall). Some people claim that l-amphetamine is less centrally brain activiating, and may increase blood pressure and heart rate more than Dextroamphetamine. I have tried both, and this may be the case, slightly for me. However, I do not find Dextroamphetamine more euphoric (if any at all) or more centrally activating within the brain than Adderall. However, people differ, and have very different, and even opposite reactions to each drug. You should try both out with your M.D. is he allows it. There has been a bad stigma, due to abuse by both of these drugs, and for some reason Dextroamphetamine has traditional had more of a bad rap (as being more addictive) than Adderall. So many doctors won't even prescribe Dextroamphetamine (brand name is Dexedrine). Both Dextroamphetamine, and the instant release generic version of Adderall come in time release capsules as well. The original manufacturer of Adderall still makes Adderall-XR (xtd release) and I believe Dextrostat is the brand name for the extended release version of Dextroamphetamine (brand name Dexedrine). I believe the Adderall-XR is expensive if you don't have insurance, because it is still protected by copyright and there are no current generics allowed on the market. There are also ADD/ADHD drugs, that are less Centrall and Peripherally acting like Ritalin (and it's generic) and the extended release version of Ritalin, called Concerta. These consists of a chemical that acts similar to, and is chemically related to the amphetamine group. Lastly, Vyvanse came out several years ago. It acts like a pro-hormone, in that it is not an amphetamine, but your body converts it through enzymes into an amphetamine. So it is less strong, and has less addictive potential. Plus it is sold only in time release version. Finally, there is brand name Methoxyn (Methamphetamine). Yes, Methamphetamine. However, there are no additives, or other ingredients mixed in like the street drugs. The Methyl- part that is added (thus "Meth"amphetamine) crosses the blood brain barrier easier than Dextroamphetamine and Levoamphetamine. I tried it long ago, and it did absolutely nothing for me though. It is very rarely prescribed due to Methamphetamine being all over the news.
That is what is in the adderall yes it is adderall the dextroamphetamine is the generic name for it. My son takes the same medication and if you read the information that comes with the prescription it says on there that it is the active ingredients in the medication.
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