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If you use these drugs for a long time, you may start to depend on them. This is because they raise the level of dopamine in your brain. That helps you focus better, but it also triggers feelings of pleasure. Too much can make you feel intense excitement and happiness, and eventually, you might want to take more and more to get the same feeling. You may be less likely to become dependent on the longer-acting forms because they release their active chemicals more slowly.

SOURCES:

CHADD: "Medication Management."

Child Mind Institute: "Understanding ADHD Medications."

FDA: "Concerta (methylphenidate HCL Extended-release Tablets)," "Highlights of Prescribing Information: Adderall XR."

National Institute on Drug Abuse: "Stimulant ADHD Medications: Methylphenidate and Amphetamines."

National Institutes of Health: "Adderall Drug Label Information," "Adderall XR Drug Label Information," "Concerta Drug Label Information."

Pediatrics and Child Health: “Extended-release medications for children and adolescents with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.”

National Library of Medicine:  “Adderall XR Drug Label,” “Adderall XR Medication Guide,” “Concerta Drug Label.”

Dailymed: “LABEL: CONCERTA- methylphenidate hydrochloride tablet, extended release.”

Physicians’ Desk Reference : “amphetamine aspartate monohydrate/amphetamine sulfate/dextroamphetamine saccharate/dextroamphetamine sulfate - Drug Summary.”

MedLine Plus: “Dextroamphetamine and Amphetamine,” “Methylphenidate.”

FDA: “ADDERALL (CII),” HIGHLIGHTS OF PRESCRIBING INFORMATION  [Adderall XR],” “HIGHLIGHTS OF PRESCRIBING INFORMATION [Concerta],” “Questions and Answers Regarding Methylphenidate Hydrochloride Extended Release Tablets (generic Concerta) made by Mallinckrodt and UCB/Kremers Urban (formerly Kudco).

Learning Disabilities Association of America: “Medications for ADHD/ADD.”

UpToDate: “Methamphetamine: Acute intoxication,” “Pharmacotherapy for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in adults.”

Child Mind Institute: “What We Know About the Long-Term Effects of ADHD Medications.”

Primary Care Companion to the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry: “Methylphenidate Abuse and Psychiatric Side Effects.”

 

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 03, 2019

SOURCES:

CHADD: "Medication Management."

Child Mind Institute: "Understanding ADHD Medications."

FDA: "Concerta (methylphenidate HCL Extended-release Tablets)," "Highlights of Prescribing Information: Adderall XR."

National Institute on Drug Abuse: "Stimulant ADHD Medications: Methylphenidate and Amphetamines."

National Institutes of Health: "Adderall Drug Label Information," "Adderall XR Drug Label Information," "Concerta Drug Label Information."

Pediatrics and Child Health: “Extended-release medications for children and adolescents with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.”

National Library of Medicine:  “Adderall XR Drug Label,” “Adderall XR Medication Guide,” “Concerta Drug Label.”

Dailymed: “LABEL: CONCERTA- methylphenidate hydrochloride tablet, extended release.”

Physicians’ Desk Reference : “amphetamine aspartate monohydrate/amphetamine sulfate/dextroamphetamine saccharate/dextroamphetamine sulfate - Drug Summary.”

MedLine Plus: “Dextroamphetamine and Amphetamine,” “Methylphenidate.”

FDA: “ADDERALL (CII),” HIGHLIGHTS OF PRESCRIBING INFORMATION  [Adderall XR],” “HIGHLIGHTS OF PRESCRIBING INFORMATION [Concerta],” “Questions and Answers Regarding Methylphenidate Hydrochloride Extended Release Tablets (generic Concerta) made by Mallinckrodt and UCB/Kremers Urban (formerly Kudco).

Learning Disabilities Association of America: “Medications for ADHD/ADD.”

UpToDate: “Methamphetamine: Acute intoxication,” “Pharmacotherapy for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in adults.”

Child Mind Institute: “What We Know About the Long-Term Effects of ADHD Medications.”

Primary Care Companion to the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry: “Methylphenidate Abuse and Psychiatric Side Effects.”

 

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 03, 2019

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