Central nervous system stimulants are used to treat ADHD, narcolepsy, and aid in weight loss by increasing certain activity in the brain to speed up mental and physical processes.

Why are
Central Nervous System Stimulants
prescribed?

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How we make this chart

This chart is created by aggregating the total number of claims for the drugs in this class divided by the # of drugs with a specific indication. It is meant to be representative but may not accurately reflect the actual # of prescriptions written to treat a specific condition.

Prices for Popular Central Nervous System Stimulants

Popularity Brand Name (Generic Name) GoodRx Fair Price Price Trend
Adderall
(amphetamine salt combo)
38
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Adderall (amphetamine salt combo) is a moderately priced drug used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy (uncontrollable desire for sleep or sudden attacks of deep sleep). Amphetamine salts are available in generic and brand versions. Generic Adderall is covered by some Medicare and insurance plans, but pharmacy coupons or cash prices may be lower.
Adderall XR
(amphetamine salt combo xr)
93
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Adderall XR (amphetamine salt combo) is a moderately priced drug used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy (uncontrollable desire for sleep or sudden attacks of deep sleep). It is available in generic and brand versions. Generic Adderall is covered by some Medicare and insurance plans, but pharmacy coupons or cash prices may be lower.
Vyvanse
259
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Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) is an expensive drug used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). This drug is slightly less popular than comparable drugs. There are currently no generic alternatives for Vyvance. It is not covered by most Medicare and insurance plans, but manufacture and pharmacy coupons can help offset the cost.
Ritalin
(methylphenidate)
47
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Methylphenidate (Ritalin) is a moderately priced drug used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It is also used to treat narcolepsy. This drug is slightly more popular than comparable drugs. It is available in brand and generic versions. Generic methylphenidate is covered by most Medicare and insurance plans, but some pharmacy coupons or cash prices may be lower.
Concerta
(methylphenidate er)
119
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Methylphenidate ER (Concerta) is an expensive drug used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It is also used to treat narcolepsy. This drug is slightly more popular than comparable drugs. It is available in brand and generic versions. It is not covered by most Medicare and insurance plans, but manufacturer and pharmacy coupons can help offset the cost.
Focalin XR
(dexmethylphenidate er)
185
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Dexmethylphenidate ER (Focalin XR) is an expensive drug used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). This drug is slightly less popular than comparable alternatives. It is available in brand and generic versions. Generic dexmethylphenidate ER is covered by some Medicare and insurance plans, but some pharmacy coupons or cash prices may be lower.
Metadate CD
(methylphenidate cd)
94
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Methylphenidate CD (Metadate CD) is an expensive drug used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). This drug is less popular than comparable alternatives. It is available in brand and generic versions. It is not covered by most Medicare and insurance plans, but manufacturer and pharmacy coupons can help offset the cost.
Focalin
(dexmethylphenidate)
52
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Dexmethylphenidate (Focalin) is an expensive drug used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). This drug is less popular than comparable drugs. It is available in brand and generic versions. Generic dexmethylphenidate is covered by most Medicare and insurance plans, but some pharmacy coupons or cash prices may be lower.
Ritalin SR
(methylphenidate sr, metadate er)
75
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Methylphenidate SR (Ritalin SR, methylin ER, metadate er) is a moderately priced drug used to treat attention deficit disorder (ADHD). It is also used to treat narcolepsy. This drug is less popular than comparable alternatives. It is available in multiple brand and generic versions. Generic methylphenidate SR is covered by most Medicare and insurance plans, but some pharmacy coupons or cash prices may be lower.
Ritalin LA
(methylphenidate la)
121
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Methylphenidate LA (Ritalin LA) is an expensive drug used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). This drug is less popular than comparable drugs. It is available in brand and generic versions. Generic methylphenidate LA is covered by some Medicare and insurance plans, but some pharmacy coupons or cash prices may be lower.
Dexedrine Spansule
(dextroamphetamine er)
147
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Dextroamphetamine ER (Dexedrine Spansule) is an expensive drug used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). This drug is less popular than comparable drugs. It is available in brand and generic versions. Generic dextroamphetamine ER is covered by most Medicare and insurance plans, but some pharmacy coupons or cash prices may be lower.
Quillivant XR
254
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Methylphenidate (Quillivant XR) is an expensive drug used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). This drug is less popular than comparable drugs. There are currently no generic alternatives to Quillivant XR. It is not covered by most Medicare and insurance plans, but manufacturer and pharmacy coupons can help offset the cost.
Belviq
248
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Lorcaserin (Belviq) is an expensive drug used to promote and maintain weight loss in obese patients. This medicine should be used with a reduced calorie diet and, if appropriate, an exercise program. This drug is less popular than comparable drugs. There are currently no generic alternatives to Belviq. It is not covered by most Medicare and insurance plans, but manufacturer and pharmacy coupons can help offset the cost.
Daytrana
315
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Methylphenidate (Daytrana) is an expensive drug used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). This drug is less popular than comparable drugs. There are currently no generic alternatives to Quillivant XR. It is not covered by most Medicare and insurance plans, but manufacturer and pharmacy coupons can help offset the cost.
Aptensio XR
205
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Methylphenidate (Aptensio XR) is an expensive drug used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. This drug is less popular than comparable drugs. There are currently no generic alternatives to Aptensio XR. It is not covered by most Medicare and insurance plans, but manufacturer and pharmacy coupons can help offset the cost.
Evekeo
362
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Amphetamine (Evekeo) is an expensive drug used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and a sleep disorder called narcolepsy. It is also used as a short-term treatment, along with a reduced calorie diet and exercise, to help you lose weight. This drug is less popular than comparable drugs. There are currently no generic alternatives to Evekeo. It is not covered by most Medicare and insurance plans, but manufacturer and pharmacy coupons can help offset the cost.
Adzenys XR-ODT
306
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Amphetamine (Adzenys XR-OTD) is an expensive drug used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. This drug is less popular than comparable drugs. There are currently no generic alternatives to Adzenys XR-ODT. It is not covered by most Medicare and insurance plans, but manufacturer and pharmacy coupons can help offset the cost.
Quillichew ER
297
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Methylphenidate (Quillichew ER) is an expensive drug used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). This drug is less popular than comparable drugs. There are currently no generic alternatives to Quillichew ER. It is not covered by most Medicare and insurance plans, but manufacturer and pharmacy coupons can help offset the cost.
Belviq XR
252
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LORCASERIN is used to promote and maintain weight loss in obese patients. This medicine should be used with a reduced calorie diet and, if appropriate, an exercise program.
Dyanavel XR
266
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Amphetamine (Dyanavel XR) is an expensive drug used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). This drug is less popular than comparable drugs. There are currently no generic alternatives to Dyanavel XR. It is not covered by most Medicare and insurance plans, but manufacturer and pharmacy coupons can help offset the cost.
Zenzedi
(dextroamphetamine)
70
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Dextroamphetamine (Zenzedi) is a moderately priced drug used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). This drug is less popular than comparable drugs. It is available in brand and generic versions. Generic dextroamphetamine is covered by most Medicare and insurance plans, but some pharmacy coupons or cash prices may be lower.
Desoxyn
(methamphetamine)
331
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Methamphetamine (Desoxyn) is an expensive drug used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. This drug may also be used together with diet and exercise in the short-term treatment of obesity. This drug is less popular than comparable drugs. It is available in brand and generic versions. It is not covered by most Medicare and insurance plans, but manufacturer and pharmacy coupons can help offset the cost.
methylin
49
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Methylphenidate (Ritalin, methylin) is a moderately priced drug used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It is also used to treat narcolepsy. This drug is slightly more popular than comparable drugs. It is available in brand and generic versions. Generic methylphenidate is covered by most Medicare and insurance plans, but some pharmacy coupons or cash prices may be lower.
Cafcit
(caffeine citrate)
298
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Caffeine citrate (Cafcit) is an expensive drug used to help premature babies breathe more regularly. This drug is less popular than comparable drugs. It is available in brand and generic versions. It is not covered by most Medicare and insurance plans, but manufacturer and pharmacy coupons can help offset the cost.
Procentra
234
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Dextroamphetamine (Procentra) is an expensive drug used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. This drug is less popular than comparable drugs. There are currently no generic alternatives to Procentra. It is not covered by most Medicare and insurance plans, but manufacturer and pharmacy coupons can help offset the cost.

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.

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