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What is a substitute for Adderall XR?

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According to Drugs.com, doctors prescribe a number of drugs other than Adderall XR to treat patients with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, such as Concerta and Strattera. Adderall XR contains amphetamine and dextroamphetamine. It is a central nervous system stimulant, much like the alternative options.

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Drugs.com states that multiple formulations of methylphenidate, such as Concerta, serve as alternatives to amphetamines like Adderall XR. Strattera is composed of another substance entirely: atomoxetine hydrochloride.

Vyvanse, the generic name of which is lisdexamfetamine, is an amphetamine alternative to Adderall XR. According to an article in the Paediatric Drugs journal, Vyvanse, or lisdexamfetamine, consists of an l-lysine amino acid with a covalent bond to dextroamphetamine. Studies suggest that this formulation reduces the abuse potential of amphetamine.

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