Medicines for ADHD

Type of MedicineBrand NameHow Taken?Generic Available?
Stimulants
Mixed amphetamine saltsAdderall®PillYes, for some doses
Adderall XR®PillYes, for some doses
DextroamphetamineDexedrine®PillYes
Lisdexamfetamine*Vyvanse®*PillYes
MethylphenidateConcerta®PillYes
Daytrana®Skin patchYes
Focalin®*PillYes
Focalin XR®*PillYes, for some doses
Metadate ER®PillYes, for some doses
Metadate CD®PillYes, for some doses
Methylin®PillYes
Methylin ER®PillYes, for some doses
Ritalin®PillYes
Ritalin LA®PillYes, for some doses
Ritalin SR®PillYes, for some doses
Nonstimulants
AtomoxetineStrattera®PillNo
Clonidine hydrochlorideKapvay®*PillYes
Guanfacine ERIntuniv®PillYes

CD, ER, LA, SR, and XR all refer to extended-release formulas of the medicine. This means that the medicine lasts longer, and your child may not need to take as many pills each day.

*

Good-quality studies for this medicine were not available.

Research on this medication in skin patch form was not available.

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