Adderall vs Concerta, which is better? This is a great debate among those with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and various ADHD treatment professionals.
The quick answer is that there is no "best" and medications affect everyone differently. Often, it is a matter of working with your doctor and engaging in some trial and error.
In fact, both of these ADHD medications are very similar. They are both essentially newer, improved versions of Ritalin, the medication that has been used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder for years.
Adderall and Concerta are both stimulant medications that work by interacting with the brain chemicals that contribute to ADHD symptoms and they both tend to wear off gradually.
They are both less likely to produce the "rebound" common to Ritalin users which can occur when users temporarily experience depressed mood or irritability as their medication wears off.
A handy benefit of Adderall is that it can be sprinkled on food such as applesauce for users who cannot tolerate swallowing pills.
On the other hand, their drawback of these medications are
similar too. As stimulants, they run the risk of abuse or addiction by
the user. Over time, the body develops a greater tolerance and as a result the medication may not be as effective at reducing ADHD symptoms.
Keep in mind that it may take several weeks to see the full beneficial effects of either Adderall or Concerta. So regardless of which one you are taking, a bit of patience is often required.
When taking Adderall or Concerta, it is helpful to keep track of your general well-being. Make mental notes about any changes in weight, mood, appetite, mental acuity, focus, concentration, heart rate, etc. that may be significant.
Be sure to report any adverse side effects to your prescribing doctor or treating medical professional. In particular, track and immediately report symptoms such as upset stomach, sleep disturbances, difficulty breathing, itching or skin rashes, confusion, mood swings, seizures, and fever.
If you experience these or any other troubling symptoms, seek emergency medical treatment right away at the nearest hospital emergency room.
Remember: The ideal goal is to find the medication that provides the most benefit with fewest side effects. If one medication does not work well for you, your doctor can prescribe a different ADHD medication.