Difference between Adderall and Ritalin

Aug 25, 2011 by

What is the Difference between Adderall and Ritalin?

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  1. khristine

    When it comes to ADHD medications, Adderall and Ritalin are two names that are commonly prescribed by medical experts, often viewed to be competing with each other. There have been studies conducted that intended to determine the difference and efficacy of Adderall versus Ritalin. And below are the findings.

    Adderall and Ritalin differ from each other in terms of their chemical compositions. While Adderall contains dextroamphetamine in addition to amphetamine, Ritalin mainly has Methylphenidate. Both drugs contain stimulants that ironically help counter the restlessness and hyperactivity of a person diagnosed with ADHD.

    Between the two, it is said that Ritalin is the most prescribed drug for ADHD. But, this does not mean that Ritalin is far more effective than Adderall. The fact is Ritalin was first released than Adderall thus explains the advantage in terms of sales and recognition. Most studies have shown that Adderall and Ritalin may be either effective or ineffective in some ways depending on the person taking it. If Ritalin does not work for one person, experts would likely recommend taking Adderall which also goes the other way around.

    It is said that Adderall is much stronger than Ritalin in a manner that a 5mg (or a little less) dosage of Adderall is in equal amount of 10mg dosage of Ritalin. The result indicates that Adderall is two times as potent compared to Ritalin but the effects are just the same.

    And just like any other drugs Adderall and Ritalin may have the following side effect which depends from person to person. In taking Adderall, a person may feel weak, nauseous, have difficulty breathing or reduced breath, an ulcer, pain in the bladder, hard time urinating, trouble in speaking, and worst may cause heart attack or stroke since it increases blood pressure. Ritalin, in another way, is said to have side effects like anxiety, dizziness, headaches, lethargy, palpitations, and psychosis to name a few. But then again, these are just adverse effects if the drugs are not taken properly.

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