Difference Between Adderall and Ritalin
Adderall and Ritalin are two common stimulants effective for treating Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder. They are active in blocking down neurotransmitters reuptakes in the brain. As such, focus and alertness are enhanced by increased dopamine and norepinephrine activity. The two medications are also used in treating narcolepsy by improving wakefulness.
While both Adderall and Ritalin can serve the same function, few differences exist between them. The differences are seen in the constituents and doses. There are also differences in the effectiveness and time of operation.
Adderall is a drug used to treat ADHD, narcolepsy, and sleeping disorder and is a combination of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine. It has a work peak level of 3 hours after administration and a half-life of 10-13 hours. However, it can stay longer in the body system than Ritalin. It can be administered to children of 3 years and older.
Ritalin is a stimulant effect in the treatment of ADHD and narcolepsy. It is made up of methylphenidate hydrochloride. It is a short active stimulant compared to Adderall, which can work for a long time in the body. It only has a peak level of 1 hour after administration and a half-life of 3-4 hours. However, a variant of Ritalin known as Ritalin LA can work up to 8 hours. It can be administered to children of age 6 years and above.
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|Made from methylphenidate hydrochloride.||It is made from amphetamine and dextroamphetamine.|
|It has a peak level of 1 hour and can last between 3 and 4 hours.||It has a peak level of 3 hours and can work up to 10 and 13 hours.|
|It is best for children as it can be administered for children of 6 years and below.||Best recommend for adults as children less than 6 years cannot use the drug.|
|Usage can be 2-3 times daily, depending on the doctor's prescription.||Usage can be once in the morning then at intervals of 4-6 hours, depending on the doctor's prescription.|