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ADHD medications, side effects - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Practicing since : 2004
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User :   Hi
Doctor :   Hello there..
User :   I currently take 27mg Concerta for ADHD. I heard of Aderall, what are the differences and would it be worth it to try Aderall instead. I don't feel like the medication is making me concentrate enough.
User :   Can you help?
Doctor :   I can help you understand the difference between these medications.
Doctor :   Aderall and Concerta are both rescription medications which are classified as stimulants.
Doctor :   Concerta is methylphenidate
Doctor :   and adderall is dextroamphetamine
Doctor :   Are you having issues with the Concerta?
User :   yes
User :   concentration as I told
Doctor :   I see
User :   Which one is effective?
Doctor :   so it is not helping you anymore? Or did it never help?
Doctor :   They have both been shown to be effective
Doctor :   Concerta is typically once daily dosing
Doctor :   While Adderall is taken twice or three times per day
User :   Ok
User :   which one do you recommend?
User :   do you think it is good idea to change them now?
Doctor :   If you feel the Concerta is not helping it may be reasonable to try Adderall as an alternative
Doctor :   How long have you tried Concerta?
User :   since my childhood
User :   Can you recommend me to a good Psychiatrist here
Doctor :   I see. And how old are you now?
User :   I am 25
User :   but any one personal
Doctor :   A psychiatrist may have the expertise you need to handle this concern.
Doctor :   I am not aware of a particular psychiatrist in your area. I woulkd encourage you to consider talking with one of our specialists or seek the expertise of a local psychiatrist in your area through our search function.
User :   Now which one of them is effective in your opinion
Doctor :   I am a general physician. I can give you my experience with these medications.
User :   Thank you
User :   But should I pay at this link?
Doctor :   You are welcome
User :   Would my query is taken from this chat? or should I type new?
Doctor :   After following the link you will see a text box where you may enter your entire query.
User :   Should I pay?
Doctor :   Yes
Doctor :   You should pay via the link.
User :   Ok how much?
Doctor :   The charge ranges from 30 to 40 dollars.
User :   Ok, fine
User :   Thanks for your help
Doctor :   You are welcome
Doctor :   Did you follow everything I have had to say? Do you have any more questions?
Doctor :   Hello are you still there?
User :   NO thanks
User :   Bye
Doctor :   Bye
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