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

  • 10 Things You Might Not Know About Vyvanse for ADHD

    May 02, 2018

    Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine), a long-acting stimulant medication used in adults with ADHD, is one of the most commonly prescribed brand-name drugs. Given that 60% of adults who were children with ADHD have symptoms that persist to adulthood, long-term treatment may be necessary.

    If you’re taking Vyvanse long-term or thinking about starting it, what are some lesser-known but important things you should know?

    Vyvanse was the first medication approved for binge eating disorder. See More

  • Taking Vyvanse for ADHD? Here’s How You Can Save

    October 23, 2017

    Let’s start with the bad news. Vyvanse—a stimulant typically taken to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)—is really expensive. Many similar (but not exactly the same) drugs are available as inexpensive generics, but Vyvanse isn’t expected to be available as a generic for some time. If your doctor thinks Vyvanse is right for you, how can you make it affordable?

    Here’s some information about Vyanvse and how you can save. See More

  • 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

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Popular ADHD Drugs

Popularity Drug Name Drug Class Price
Central Nervous System Stimulants 56 See Prices
Central Nervous System Stimulants 94 See Prices
Central Nervous System Stimulants 310 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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