Adderall Vs. Ritalin: A Comparative Analysis

Doctors often seem to prescribe stimulant medications to those who are diagnosed with ADHD. Among many central nervous stimulants out there in the market, two are quite effective and have been in the limelight for a considerable time. These two medications are Adderall and Ritalin. The main idea behind developing these drugs have always been to make the consumer focus on the task he is doing by reducing every kind of impulsive behavior. The question here is, how are these two stimulants different from each other? Let’s find out!

Ritalin and Adderall have often seem to work in a similar way to treat the ADHD. Most noteworthy point is, both have the same side effects. Below is the comparison which we have managed to derive via research on both medicines:

  1. The generic name of the Adderall is “Amphetamine” and that of the Ritalin is “Methylphenidate”.
  2. The generic versions of both the medications are available in the market which can be obtained on a prescription from your physician.
  3. Both the medicines are used for the treatment of ADHD and Narcolepsy.
  4. Adderall and Ritalin comes to the market in two forms:
    1. Short acting tablets.
    2. Long acting capsules.
  5. The strength of Adderall short acting tablets is 5mg, 7.5 mg, 10 mg, 20mg and 30mg and that of Ritalin is 5mg, 10mg and 20mg.
  6. On the other hand, the strength of Adderall long acting capsules starts from 5mg and and goes till 36 mg. That of Ritalin extends up to 60 mg.
  7. Both the medications need to be stored at room temperature between 20 degree celsius to 25 degree celsius.

Some are under the misconception that the working mechanism of both the drugs are different. It’s rather the same. Both the drugs work by starting to stimulate the central nervous system of a human brain by increasing the artificially created neurotransmitters which further boosts up your brain’s activity. Both acts like a jet engine propeller for your brain which will do exactly what you want it to do rather than what the heart tells it to do under influence of the environment.

According to several research studies, it’s been established that Ritalin works sooner to stimulate the brain because it contains such extracts which have the ability to improvise as per the body’s inner environment and that’s why it works pretty quickly than Adderall. On the other hand, Adderall’s effect seems to last longer than Ritalin. Some credible reports have shown that that Adderall is active for four to six hours as compared to Ritalin which stays active roughly for 2-3 or maximum 4 hours. This doesn’t infer that Adderall is better and only this one be used. It means that Ritalin is prescribed to those people who have a better control at their mind once a stimulant aids in bringing the mind to a state of control.

So, after this analysis, we are sure that you have grasped some initial knowledge about both the medicines and we hope you’ll keep in mind the strengths and weaknesses of both the drugs prior falling prey to the addicted abuse.


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