New ADHD Medications

A look at the newest ADHD medications on the market and the side effects that can occur in both adults and children.

A number of new medications have gained recent FDA approval for treatment of ADHD in both adults and children Ritalin remains one of the most commonly prescribed ADHD medications, but new prescriptions are on the market and worth looking into. Each medication comes with benefits and warnings, so you should talk to your doctor to see if the new medications will work for yourself or your child.

Focalin XR

Focalin XR is a time-released medication that can be used by both children and adults. The medication contains stimulants that improve and regulate brain function. The FDA has declared that Focalin XR is safe for children over the age of six, teens, and adults. The medication within Focalin XR is granulated and can be sprinkled into applesauce for children who cannot swallow a large capsule.

Focalin XR is not to be used by those who have had seizures or any underlying heart issues. The stimulants used in the medication can be detrimental to those with heart conditions.

Metadate CD

Released in 2001, Metadate CD is different from its competitors because it releases a rapid dose of the medication shortly after taking the pill. A second, lighter dose is released later in the day. This ensures that the medication is not wearing off too quickly in school-aged children.

The medication has proven effective in controlling behavioral issues. The side effects are minimal and include loss of appetite, headache, insomnia, and stomach pains.

Monica NRP104

The medications within Monica NRP104, Lisdexamfetamine Dimesylate, require stomach acid to release the stimulants within the pill. The ADHD medication is not yet on the market, but it is believed it will be soon.

In a study done on a group of children, those who took the actual medication saw a tremendous improvement in their concentration and behavior. Side effects are pretty typical and include insomnia, loss of appetite, and in rare cases anorexia.

Ritalin LA

Ritalin LA became available to the public in the summer of 2003. The medication is slowly released over a twelve hour time period. In all studies, the medication showed dramatic improvements in ADHD patients’ concentration and behavior.

Ritalin LA is a stimulant that improves the brain function in adults and children. It is important that the medication not be chewed or crushed, which can make it difficult for young children to handle.

Ritalin LA’s most common side effects include anxiety and nervousness. This can lead to weight loss, so monitor a child’s weight closely while he or she is taking the medication.


Strattera is the first brand new ADHD medication in more than thirty years. Straterra does not act as a stimulant. Often, patients with ADHD are prescribed a stimulant that is believed to make the brain chemicals work more effectively, which helps regulate the behaviors that occur with ADHD. Unfortunately, many of the stimulants that are used to help ease the hyperactivity are not much different from the illegal drugs crystal meth or cocaine. No parent wants their child becoming hooked on these substances.

The FDA has issued warnings regarding Strattera and an increased risk of depression and/or suicide. If you decide to try Strattera, it is important to closely monitor any behavioral changes that may occur.

The medication within Strattera, atomoxetine, slowly releases into the blood stream so that children and adults need only take one pill per day. This alone makes this medication worthwhile for many patients who find it hard to stick to a regular medication schedule.


The ADHD medication known as Adderall XR recently underwent a transformation. Due to the high risk of addiction to ADHD medications and the general knowledge that a generic version of Adderall XR would soon become available, the manufacturer of Adderall XR tweaked its formula to create a drug that is hard to abuse. The resulting product, Vyvanese, is an amphetamine-based medication that helps to regulate the brain chemical fluxes that can cause the hyperactivity in children and adults.

If anyone tries to snort or inject the medication, it simply will not work. The chemical formula of the medication utilizes a safeguard that restricts the drug’s effectiveness when it is not taken orally. The medication only works when the active ingredient comes into contact with your stomach acids.

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  1. We are having a realy hard time finding a time release that is effective for my 9yr old daughter. She is currently taking reg. Focalin 10mg 3xs daily. We have tried Straterra, Focalin XR, Concerta, Adderal, I am going CRAZY with med. experiments.

  2. Have you heard of Daytrana? We are new to medicating our 9 year old for ADHD and have just begun using it. It is a patch they wear on their hip.

  3. I am an adult with ADD and am trying desperately to get a drug that works but I have Tourette Syndrome too so I am having problems with the efficacy of ADD meds. HELP!

  4. I am a mother of 2 boys, one with ADHD. He has been on every med. on the market. The daytrana patch is the latest he’s on. This doesn’t work on him AT ALL !!!!! It’s like a placebo !!! I guess we’ll go back to Concerta, that seemed to work the best. He went off of that b/c he was so mad about “taking a pill”….so, we tried the patch.

    Good luck to all of you!! This is a never ending struggle. Been fighting it for 8 years!!! :(

  5. My 10 year old son has been on Vyvanese. He takes it a 8:00 a.m. and it works till 6. Only problem is with his appetite – he has none and his weight loss has become a problem.

  6. My son recently started taking Vyvanese. I have seen an improvement in his grades, but his negative and angry attitude is unbelievable. I know he gets like this when he doesn’t eat; so I have to make him eat, even if its not nutritional. I have noticed somewhat of an improvement. He is a very loving and caring child, and I wish I didn’t have to give him a daily medication and bring out the Jekyl & Hyde in him! Any suggestions?

  7. My 9 year old daughter has been taking Vyvanese. I have seen a difference but she won’t eat. She is getting so skinny. What can I do?

  8. Hello all,
    I am a 25 year old male from Illinois. I know you all have questions about ADD/ADHD, and I thought by posting my comments they may reach you and help you out. Since middle school I have been on ADD meds, all of them to be exact. I learned that when I got older and found out that ADD and ADHD meds are simply ”crutches” and not meant to help out long term. If you catch my drift. I have just graduated law school from a top school in the nation, and in Illinois, and want to reassure you that meds can only help out so much. It is family and conservative values and really not shoving pills down your child’s throat that may or may not work as most of you are complaining about. Please understand that I had the worst type of ADD/ADHD that is known to man, and barely passed out of high school. Find something or someone! that your child or children enjoy and help them figure out what having this disorder means. It can be so wonderful and fulfilling for them and for yourself(ves) at the same time. Good luck and I wish you the best of luck!

  9. My 14 yr old son was prescribed Vyvanse, 30 mg, it was a quick high and a crash at noon, and left him depressed the rest of the day. After research I found that it hasn’t been studied in children under 6 or over 12. Time to find a new doctor.
    He was smart and told us he didn’t like the effects of it and he only took it for 2 days.

  10. i want to know whether it will give improvements.

    Leading Medication

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