- Adderall vs. Concerta comparison
- What are Adderall and Concerta?
- What are the uses for Adderall and Concerta?
- What are the side effects of Adderall and Concerta?
- Can I become addicted to these drugs?
- Which drugs interact with Adderall and Concerta?
- Are Adderall and Concerta safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
Adderall vs. Concerta comparison
- Both Adderall (amphetamine and dextroamphetamine) and Concerta (methylphenidate) are stimulants used for treatment of narcolepsy and adult and childhood Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD or ADHD).
- Adderall contains amphetamines that stimulate the brain and central nervous system, producing a calming effect in adults and children with ADHD. Concerta is a stimulant that acts in a similar manner, but the effect is milder than that of amphetamines.
- Both Adderall and Concerta (which has the same active ingredient as Ritalin) have abuse potential, but only Adderall is physically addictive. The side effects of these drugs can be serious, a few of which include:
- heart problems, and
- increased blood pressure.
- Both Adderall and Concerta can interact badly with MAO inhibitors and medication for high blood pressure treatment, among other drugs. People taking either Adderall or Concerta should also avoid caffeine.
What are Adderall and Concerta?
Amphetamines like those in Adderall stimulate the brain by increasing the level of neurotransmitters like dopamine and norepinephrine in the brain. Nerves produce neurotransmitter chemicals, which then release and attach to other nearby nerves as a means of communication among nerves. The exact way Adderall works to alleviate ADHD symptoms is unknown.
Methylphenidate, the active ingredient in Concerta and Ritalin, is a medication that stimulates the central nervous system (CNS or brain) with effects similar to the amphetamines in Adderall; however, its effect is milder than those of the amphetamines. An additional difference is that methylphenidate produces more noticeable effects on mental activities of those with ADHD than on motor activities.
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