Med question, whats the difference

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Registered: 03-25-2003
Med question, whats the difference
Thu, 03-27-2003 - 4:41pm
In Canada, we have 3 options for stimulants. Instant release ritalin, ritalin SR, and dexedrine.

I know the difference between the two ritalins, we opted for the SR, but what is dexedrine and how is it different from ritalin.



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Registered: 03-26-2003
Thu, 03-27-2003 - 5:20pm
Dexedrine is an Amphetamine used to treat ADHD, Narcolepsy & Obesity in which it stimulates nerve cells in the brain. Ritalin is a Methylphenidate used to increase mental alertness in adhd & narcolepsy. They are two completely different drugs that help ADHD symptoms.

My son can't tollerate either one, he gets very, very aggressive & angry. We tried Dexedrine last month & after 2 days he was beyond wild. Took 3 more days to get out of his system. This was just out experience with the two meds. Each child reacts differently.