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Medications for ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)

Drugs associated with ADHD

The following drugs and medications are in some way related to, or used in the treatment of this condition.

What is ADHD: An inability to control behaviour due to difficulty in processing neural stimuli.

Drug name Rx / OTC Pregnancy CSA Alcohol Reviews Rating Popularity
Adderall Rx C 2 X 193 reviews
8.0

Generic name: amphetamine / dextroamphetamine systemic

Drug class: CNS stimulants

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
Vyvanse Rx C 2 X 469 reviews
8.0

Generic name: lisdexamfetamine systemic

Drug class: CNS stimulants

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
Adderall XR Rx C 2 X 126 reviews
8.0

Generic name: amphetamine / dextroamphetamine systemic

Drug class: CNS stimulants

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

 
Concerta Rx C 2 X 231 reviews
7.0

Generic name: methylphenidate systemic

Drug class: CNS stimulants

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

 
Dexedrine Rx C 2 X 53 reviews
8.0

Generic name: dextroamphetamine systemic

Drug class: CNS stimulants

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

 
Strattera Rx C N 238 reviews
5.0

Generic name: atomoxetine systemic

Drug class: CNS stimulants

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
Ritalin Rx C 2 X 69 reviews
6.0

Generic name: methylphenidate systemic

Drug class: CNS stimulants

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

 
methylphenidate Rx C 2 X 441 reviews
7.0

Generic name: methylphenidate systemic

Brand names:  Concerta, Ritalin, Daytrana, Methylin, Ritalin LA, Metadate CD, Quillivant XR, Ritalin-SR, Methylin ER, Metadate ER, Aptensio XR, QuilliChew ER

Drug class: CNS stimulants

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
amphetamine / dextroamphetamine Rx C 2 X 372 reviews
8.0

Generic name: amphetamine / dextroamphetamine systemic

Brand names:  Adderall, Adderall XR

Drug class: CNS stimulants

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
Intuniv Rx B N X 99 reviews
6.0

Generic name: guanfacine systemic

Drug class: antiadrenergic agents, centrally acting

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

 
dextroamphetamine Rx C 2 X 84 reviews
8.0

Generic name: dextroamphetamine systemic

Brand names:  Dexedrine, Dextrostat, Zenzedi, Liquadd, ProCentra

Drug class: CNS stimulants

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
Focalin Rx C 2 48 reviews
7.0

Generic name: dexmethylphenidate systemic

Drug class: CNS stimulants

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
Focalin XR Rx C 2 54 reviews
7.0

Generic name: dexmethylphenidate systemic

Drug class: CNS stimulants

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

 
clonidine Rx C N X 30 reviews
8.0

Generic name: clonidine systemic

Brand name:  Kapvay

Drug class: antiadrenergic agents, centrally acting

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
Daytrana Rx C 2 X 48 reviews
8.0

Generic name: methylphenidate systemic

Drug class: CNS stimulants

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

 
Desoxyn Rx C 2 X 17 reviews
9.0

Generic name: methamphetamine systemic

Drug class: CNS stimulants, anorexiants

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
Methylin Rx C 2 X 12 reviews
8.0

Generic name: methylphenidate systemic

Drug class: CNS stimulants

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

 
Ritalin LA Rx C 2 X 8 reviews
8.0

Generic name: methylphenidate systemic

Drug class: CNS stimulants

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

 
bupropion Off Label Rx C N X 57 reviews
7.0

Generic name: bupropion systemic

Drug class: miscellaneous antidepressants, smoking cessation agents

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Off Label: Yes

 
Kapvay Rx C N X 16 reviews
8.0

Generic name: clonidine systemic

Drug class: antiadrenergic agents, centrally acting

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

 
amphetamine Rx C 2 X 12 reviews
8.0

Generic name: amphetamine systemic

Brand names:  Adzenys XR-ODT, Dyanavel XR, Evekeo

Drug class: CNS stimulants

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts

 
lisdexamfetamine Rx C 2 X 475 reviews
8.0

Generic name: lisdexamfetamine systemic

Brand name:  Vyvanse

Drug class: CNS stimulants

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph

 
Metadate CD Rx C 2 X 35 reviews
7.0

Generic name: methylphenidate systemic

Drug class: CNS stimulants

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

 
Quillivant XR Rx C 2 X 3 reviews
7.0

Generic name: methylphenidate systemic

Drug class: CNS stimulants

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

 
guanfacine Rx B N X 126 reviews
6.0

Generic name: guanfacine systemic

Brand name:  Intuniv

Drug class: antiadrenergic agents, centrally acting

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
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Topics under ADHD

Alternative treatments for ADHD

The following products are considered to be alternative treatments or natural remedies for ADHD. Their efficacy may not have been scientifically tested to the same degree as the drugs listed in the table above. However there may be historical, cultural or anecdotal evidence linking their use to the treatment of ADHD.

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Off Label This medication may not be approved by the FDA for the treatment of this condition.
Prescription Only / Over the Counter
Rx Prescription Only
OTC Over the Counter
Rx/OTC Prescription or Over the Counter
Pregnancy
A Adequate and well-controlled studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus in the first trimester of pregnancy (and there is no evidence of risk in later trimesters).
B Animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women.
C Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.
D There is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience or studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.
X Studies in animals or humans have demonstrated fetal abnormalities and/or there is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience, and the risks involved in use of the drug in pregnant women clearly outweigh potential benefits.
N FDA has not classified the drug.
Controlled Substances Act Schedule
N The drug is not subject to the Controlled Substances Act.
1 The drug has a high potential for abuse. The drug has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. There is a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug under medical supervision.
2 The drug has a high potential for abuse. The drug has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States or a currently accepted medical use with severe restrictions. Abuse of the drug may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence.
3 The drug has a potential for abuse less than the drugs in schedules 1 and 2. The drug has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse of the drug may lead to moderate or low physical dependence or high psychological dependence.
4 The drug has a low potential for abuse relative to the drugs in schedule 3. The drug has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse of the drug may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to the drugs in schedule 3.
5 The drug has a low potential for abuse relative to the drugs in schedule 4. The drug has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse of the drug may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to the drugs in schedule 4.
Alcohol
X Interacts with Alcohol.

Synonym(s): ADD; Attention Deficit Disorder; Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD); Childhood Hyperkinesis

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