There are many effective ADHD medications. There are new ones everyday. They range from pills to patches. What will they think of next?
It is very difficult to say that one medication is more effective than others. Since our bodies are all different, than we wont respond the same to the medications. There always is the problem of drugs not addressing the causes of ADHD symptoms, so ultimately, they are not effective in the long run. You can learn about a non stimulant drug called Intuniv.
I tried Strattera before. I could not stay awake. I had a hard time getting up in the morning and I was falling asleep at work and while driving. This one was not effective for me. One that I haven't tried and never will is Focalin.
I tried Concerta. I felt my heart racing a lot of the times and I didn't want to continue with that. I tried Stratera but it made things worse. I also found out that it causes severe damager or failure to the Liver. Yikes!
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Then I tried Adderall. There is the XR (extended release) but I did not use this one.
The XR is a pill that is taken once a day. The drug releases throughout the day. The other pill is taken multiple times a day when needed. It releases the medication within the short time it takes to break it down.
I really liked Adderall. It made me feel good and I was able to concentrate very well. I decided to stop my medication and look for alternatives.
Adderall was an effective ADHD medications for me. I stopped using it because my goal was not to cover up my symptoms, but to help my body diminish them naturally.
If your goal for yourself or your child is to cover up the symptoms, then you shouldn't have much of a problem finding a good match with one of the effective ADHD medications.
Just know that the stimulant medications like Adderall, Ritalin, Concerta, and others have the same classification, by the DEA, as the illegal drug, cocaine. They are very addictive and can have fatal side effects.
This is why a doctor has to closely monitor the patient on the medication. The bad side effects are another reason why I opted out of the medication treatment.
I want to help you make the best decision you can. If you decide to use medications, then you will have the knowledge about the good and bad effects.
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