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Can you become dependent on Ritalin and Adderall?

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The FDA classifies both medications as Schedule II controlled substances. That means it’s possible for you to start to depend on them. But that may be less likely with the long-acting forms because they’re designed to release their active chemicals slowly.

If you’ve had a problem with drug or alcohol abuse in the past, talk to your doctor about whether you should take stimulant medications.

SOURCES:

Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: “Medication Management.”

Child Mind Institute: “Understanding ADHD Medications.”

U.S. National Library of Medicine: “Adderall XR Drug Label,” “Adderall XR Medication Guide,” “Adderall Medication Guide,” “Ritalin LA Drug Label,” “Ritalin LA Medication Guide,” “Ritalin Medication Guide.”

FDA: “Orange Book: Approved Drug Products with Therapeutic Equivalence Evaluations.”

Drug Enforcement Administration: “Controlled Substance Schedules.”

Medscape: “FDA Clears Long-Acting ADHD Drug Mydaysis.”

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

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 03, 2019

SOURCES:

Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: “Medication Management.”

Child Mind Institute: “Understanding ADHD Medications.”

U.S. National Library of Medicine: “Adderall XR Drug Label,” “Adderall XR Medication Guide,” “Adderall Medication Guide,” “Ritalin LA Drug Label,” “Ritalin LA Medication Guide,” “Ritalin Medication Guide.”

FDA: “Orange Book: Approved Drug Products with Therapeutic Equivalence Evaluations.”

Drug Enforcement Administration: “Controlled Substance Schedules.”

Medscape: “FDA Clears Long-Acting ADHD Drug Mydaysis.”

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

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 03, 2019

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