Adderall is a prescription amphetamine used to treat ADHD, primarily in children. While most children tolerate it well, there are some exceptions, which is cause for some to be looking for an alternative.
Lifestyle changes: If Adderall is not working for a child, or a parent does not want their child to take any medication, there are other options. One easy option to try is creating routines and organization. People with ADHD often react well to organization and systems. Therapy is another lifestyles option that may not require any medication. Psychotherapy, behavior therapy, and support groups are only some of the options available. Therapy can dramatically improve someone's behavior, and attention span, if it is the correct treatment for the individual.
Other Stimulants: While Adderall is the most popular medication, there are many other options for treating ADHD. However, most of these come in the form of stimulants, which have much higher risk of being abused. Stimulants are almost always a controlled substance. Some of these include Ritalin, Dexedrine, and Focalin. One problem with most of these is that they do not last as long as Adderall. This can be detrimental to someone with a severe case of ADHD, as they may not work as well. The good news is that all of these alternatives have a longer lasting option as well. Ritalin LA, Dexedrine Spansules and Focalin XR are the longer lasting versions. Because stimulants often work better than non-stimulants, there are more available, however the abuse potential is higher. If a stimulant needs to be used, but someone does not want a high abuse risk, Daytrana is a better option. Daytrana is an arm patch that releases only a certain amount of medication at a time, and is much harder to abuse.
Non-stimulants: Non-stimulants are not usually controlled substances because they have much lower risk for abuse. However, because they typically do not work as well, there are less available. In fact, there are only two on the market: Strattera and Intuniv. Strattera was the first non-stimulant to be released, and approved for children six to adult. Intuniv is approved for children 6-17, but has not been approved for adults. Intuniv is the long-acting version of Guanfacine, while Tenex is the short-acting version. tenet has long been used as an "off label" way to treat ADHD.
While Adderall is the most popular, there are alternatives to treat ADHD.