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starwars78 posted:
I'm on ritalin and have been having trouble getting it. My pharmacy can't get it because it's backordered or something like that. He said he's having trouble getting any amphetimenes. I wanted to look into longer acting anyway (10 or more hours). Any suggestions? I was thinking about Vyvanse, Focalin, or Intuniv. Does anyone have any experience with these? Or does anyone have any other suggestions? Thank you.
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Gina Pera responded:
Apparently, the ADHD medication shortage issues are ongoing.

One thing: you say your pharmacist is having trouble getting any amphetamines. Ritalin is not an amphetamine; it's a stimulant. Ritalin is in the methylphenidate class of stimulants. The amphetamine class includes Adderall and Dexedrine.

In general, ADHD experts recommend the longer-acting medications when possible. Not only do they provide longer coverage throughout the day, but the modern delivery systems in Vyvanse, Concerta, Daytrana deliver the medication more smoothly.

Fast-acting medications can often create a "roller coaster" effect of ups and downs throughout the day.

Whatever you decide, with your physician, to try next, there should be a METHOD to it. Not just stabbing as tails on a donkey.

First identify your challenges. You'll want some targets for your medication, so you know if it's working as it should.

Second, you should give a trial to each class of stimulants (methylphenidate and amphetamine), so you know which one works better for you.

Start low, and increase slowly over time, paying attention to symptom alleviation and any side effects.

Good luck,
Gina


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