Dexedrine vs Adderall is a great debate among those with ADHD. As a doctor who specializes in the treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, I am frequently asked which is better.
Dexedrine and Adderall are two popular prescription medications used in the treatment of ADHD. They are both stimulants that work by interacting with the brain neurochemicals that are believed to cause hyperactivity and lack of impulse control.
The regular versions of each medication begin working in 30-60 minutes and can last for up to 4-5 hours.
In addition, they are both offered in long-lasting versions, extended release versions, that can last up to 5-10 hours (Dexedrine) or 12 hours (Adderall).
In my clinical experience, I would say that Adderall typically lasts longer than most other extended or sustained release stimulants. Another benefit of Adderall is that one may ingest it by swallowing the tablets or by sprinkling the contents of the tablet on a spoonful of applesauce to make it easier to tolerate.
Also, Adderall is less likely to produce rebound. (Rebound is the phenomenon where some experience irritability or depression for up to an hour as the drug wears off.) On the other hand, one big benefit of Dexedrine is that, unlike other ADHD medications, it can be used in children under six years old.
Remember, what works for one person may not work for you. Therefore, it is difficult to compare drug reactions between people because everyone is different.
It is essential to have open, two-way communication with the prescribing doctor. Report any noticeable side effects. Some people find it helpful to keep a medication journal in order to track progress or side effects.
Ask questions. This empowers all of the parties involved and results in optimum treatment for you or your child.
Do not alter doses, skip does, or stop giving medications cold turkey without consulting your prescriber first. If you feel your voice is not heard then seek one who will listen.
Also, it is preferable to find a doctor or psychiatrist who specializes in treating ADHD rather than rely on a primary care physician.
If you experience any unique or severe symptoms or reactions while taking these or any other medications, seek immediate medical attention at the nearest hospital emergency room.
In the end, through personal experience, you will find whether Dexedrine or Adderall is right for you. You may respond well to one medication and have a horrible experience with the other. Every individual is different.
It may take some time, patience, and experimentation, but eventually you should find a healthy balance.
If these medications do not work for you, there are others, including ADD natural remedies. It is always important to discuss these options with your treating doctor before proceeding.