New ADHD medication is released roughly every couple of years and they are generally an improvement over the previous generation of ADHD medications.
Most are amphetamine-based stimulants similar to the granddaddy of all ADHD medications, Ritalin.
However, they are designed to be improved in certain areas such as duration, which means they last longer so users only have to take them once per day compared to other ADHD meds which need to be consumed more often.
This results in easier consumption, fewer pills to carry, fewer forgotten doses, and chlidren do not have to have them administered in school settings.
Strattera was released in 2002, and it works all day which avoid gaps in coverage and rebound effects where some experience irritability or decreased mood as the drug wears off.
More importantly, it does produce a high, has low abuse potential, and can be safely taken by those with a history of addiction or substance abuse.
Also, Daytrana, otherwise known as the ADHD patch, is gaining momentum. It is a patch that is applied to the skin that gradually releases its dose. It is prescribed for children, but not yet FDA approved for adults.
Currently, Vyvanse is a new medication that has certain important advantages over previous generation medications. It only needs to be taken once per day.
It lasts a full 12 hours whereas other long-acting ADHD medications tend to last 10 to 12 hours.
In addition, Vyvanse can be taken with or without food, and can be sprinkled on food or dissolved in water. It also carries low abuse potential.
These are mostly herb and plant based supplements that do not result in the negative side effects, addictive properties, or withdrawal compared to the stimulant-based medications mentioned above.
This makes them perfect for those who cannot tolerate stimulants, wish to avoid the side effects of pharmaceutical medications such as Ritalin, Adderall, etc, or simply those who are interested in holistic treatment regimens.
Another benefit is that these natural treatment options can be used with your current ADHD medication. As always, consult your doctor before changing your ADHD treatment plan.