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Is there anyone out there who took ritalin and then later switched to adderall? I'd love to hear some comparisons of the two. I'm taking ritalin now, 20 mg, three or four X a day, and I'm thinking about the possibility of trying something new.
[QUOTE=WrenFrazier]Is there anyone out there who took ritalin and then later switched to adderall? I'd love to hear some comparisons of the two. I'm taking ritalin now, 20 mg, three or four X a day, and I'm thinking about the possibility of trying something new.[/QUOTE]


Adderall is much weaker then ritalin (I know that sounds odd but it's true) You can't "feel" adderall so it's hard to know what it's doing.

I use them both. If adderall was stronger it would be the best drug. To equal 20MG of Ritalin I have to take 60MG of adderall and because of that god-awful sticky filler in Adderall 60MG is too much.
[QUOTE=WrenFrazier]Is there anyone out there who took ritalin and then later switched to adderall? I'd love to hear some comparisons of the two. I'm taking ritalin now, 20 mg, three or four X a day, and I'm thinking about the possibility of trying something new.[/QUOTE]

are you happy with the ritalin? if so no need to mess with success :P
the two are COMPLETELY different medications and side-effects, effects of the drugs vary...
ritalin only blocks the reuptake of dopamine while adderall, being an amphetamine, not only blocks the reuptake of dopamine and norepinephrine to an extent, but also stimulates the brain cell to release more dopamine...
if the ritalin stops working well for you...adderall would be a good option, however i believe dexedrine is even better
Your right I looked into it more and that is so weird both are classified as Schedule II controlled substances. I wonder why dexedrine is so much cheaper and easier to get. Going to have to ask my doctor about this one.

OK gotta update my post because I just found out something new that totally surprised me. I'll paste it below.

[quote]
Adderall is the new name for a Dextroamphetamine (Dexedrine)/Amphetamine composite medication which has been around for more than 20 years.

What is Adderall (formerly known as dexedrine)?

It is a single entity amphetamine product combining the neutral salts of dextroamphetamine and amphetamine, with the dextro isomer of amphetamine saccharate and d, I-amphetamine asperate. Each tablet contains:

10 mg 20 mg
Dextroamphetamine Saccharate 2.5 mg 5 mg
Amphetamine Aspartate 2.5 mg 5 mg
Dextroamphetamine Sulfate USP 2.5 mg 5 mg
Amphetamine Sulfate USP 2.5 mg 5 mg
Total amphetamine base equivalence 6.3 mg 12.6 mg

Inactive ingredients: sucrose, lactose, corn starch, acacia and magnesium stearate.
Colors: Adderall 10 mg contains FD & C Blue #1
Aderall 20 mg contains FD & C Yellow #6 as a color additive.[/quote]

If they are really the same thing I'm calling and switching my meds today.
I've been on everything... Adderall, Dexedrine, Ritalin, although not yet Concerta or Strattera. I also have depression, so things get a little sticky when comparing medications if you're also on anti-depressants, but I can give you my personal analysis of what happened with me. Ritalin didnt work, believe it or not. But it did make me lose significant amounts of weight, but I also have that problem with Adderall. I am on Adderall XR now and have been for most of high school and now college. The problem is that I started having severe tachycardia (fast painful heart beat) last year and have had to decrease my dosage of Adderall. Another problem with adderall was it also actualyl INCREASED my impulsivity. My psychiatrist said this means that I was starting to need less medication as I am gettign older. Who knows, mayeb he's right. Either way, I am now messing with my meds tryign to evaluate the differences between 15 mg and 20 mg Adderall, and the weight issue isnt a problem as my psychiatrist prescribed Remron to increase my appetite. But I do find now that I went from 30 to 15 mg that I am not as able to sit myself down to complete a task like writing a paper or doing science hoemwork. I'm back to procrastinating, just like the old days (middle school). So, next step is adding ritalin TO the Adderall. We'll have to see hwo that works out. But I do find that ritalinis better ona short term basis, like takign a small dose after the adderall has worn out, but Adderall is much smoother emotionally and better when takign somethign for the whole day.





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