What is ADHD?

ADHD (attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder) affects both adults and school-aged children. Symptoms include restlessness, difficulty paying attention, and hyperactivity. The causes of ADHD are unknown, however factors such as diet, environment and genetics may contribute to symptoms.

Treatments for ADHD include psychosocial therapies such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT), and behavioral therapy. Medications can also be prescribed. Common drug classes used to treat ADHD are central nervous system stimulants (Adderall, Ritalin), central alpha agonists (Intuniv, Kapvay), and NRIs (Strattera). Note that many stimulants are considered Schedule 2 drugs and have prescribing restrictions.

Savings Tips for ADHD

  • New Quillichew ER is the first chewable option for ADHD

    April 22, 2016

    ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) affects around 11% of children ages 4 to 17 years of age, according to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)—and that number continues to rise.

    New Quillichew ER (methylphenidate) may offer an easier way to take ADHD medication, for children or anyone who prefers not to swallow a pill. It was approved in December 2015, and is now available in pharmacies. See More

  • Recall: Daytrana for ADHD

    January 15, 2016

    Manufacturer Noven Therapeutics has issued a voluntary recall of three strengths of the Daytrana patch, a topical (used on the skin) ADHD treatment.

    This is a class II recall, the most common type of recall, which means that there is a situation where use of the recalled medication may cause temporary or medically reversible adverse health consequences, but the likelihood of serious adverse effects is small. See More

  • Top 10 New Drugs of 2015

    November 16, 2015

    Pharmaceutical manufacturers released a number of new prescription drugs in 2015. Some of these new drugs are truly lifesavers . . . and some aren’t. Either way, pharmaceutical companies will be spending lots of money to let you know about them—you’ll be seeing them on the sides of buses and in TV commercials for quite a while.

    As a doctor, I’m always excited about improvements that help patients. Some of the drugs below can really make a difference. See More

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Popular ADHD Drugs

Popularity Drug Name Drug Class Price
Central Nervous System Stimulants 46 See Prices
Central Nervous System Stimulants 106 See Prices
Central Nervous System Stimulants 256 See Prices
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Note: Popularity is based on total prescriptions for the brand and generic versions of each drug, regardless of the condition being treated. Some drugs are prescribed for multiple conditions.

ADHD Drug Classes

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