Adderall vs Ritalin – What medication to choose for ADHD?

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Psychiatrist Dr. Edward Fruitman, M.D., Medical Director of Trifecta Health, explains the differences between ADD/ ADHD Medications: Adderall and Ritalin.

Often Dr. Fruitman is asked” How do you know what medication to choose?” Here is some insight to the thought process behind choosing the right medication for you!

Both Ritalin and Adderall belong in the same stimulant category. Once key factor in choosing is the patient’s preference and attitude toward each drug. If a patient doesn’t take their medicine, it won’t work!

It is also important to know the patient’s previous history with each of the drugs. Typically, Dr. Fruitman says, it is best to start on a low dose in an extended release form, and Adderall may be best for motivation purposes, while Ritalin may be a better choice for over-stimulation.

Both of these drugs have proven effective in treating ADD/ADHD. The most important thing to consider while deciding a course of treatment is finding the right dosage.

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