Both Adderall and Concerta are drugs used to combat the effects of attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD). In addition, they have properties that are designed to stimulate part of the brain that is responsible for being focused and paying attention to details. However, while each drug is similar in its direction, they are made from different ingredients to achieve that effect.
Understanding Adderall and Concerta
Essentially, Concerta is the equivalent of methylphenidate while Adderall is the combination of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine. While different in makeup, both drugs do have roughly the same effect on a person who suffers from ADHD. In addition, each drug reduces hyperactivity and impulsive actions while affecting the central nervous system. So, a person who suffers from ADHD is less likely to fidget or move about impulsively while taking either one of these drugs.
Also, both drugs are taken in tablet form for immediate or extended duration. This means that the drug can be taken either once in the morning for all day relief or during times which your symptoms may arise unexpectedly. In addition, both drugs can be addicting, so careful monitoring of the dosages are needed to ensure that becoming hooked on the drugs do not occur.
A common side effect in children is that both drugs can actually slow their growth. This means that your doctor will have to monitor their growth to ensure that they grow normally over time. If there are indications that the growth has slowed or stopped, they may take the child off the drugs until a normal growth pattern develops again. The functions of the heart as well as blood pressure may be affected as well, so frequent checks will be needed.
The side effects for both drugs are somewhat similar as well. Shortness of breath, chest pains, fainting, auditory hallucinations, and increasing violent thoughts are rare, but documented side effects of each drug. More common, though less serious side effects include headache, dry mouth, dizziness and the like.
The Differences Between Adderall and Concerta
To date, there have been no official studies that have directly compared the effects of Adderall and Concerta in terms of their treatment of ADHD. While both drugs are made from different elements, they seemingly have very similar effects on the brain which allows those with ADHD to calm down and focus on the tasks at hand. It will take several years before conclusive studies can be made to determine which is the more effective drug.
If there is one difference, it is that the extended release version of Adderall is more expensive than the Concerta counterpart. However, the generic version of Adderall is less expensive than the generic Concerta, so choosing which one based on price brings advantages and disadvantages depending on the use.
Overall, Concerta might be a better choice than Adderall for those with heart issues or mental illnesses who simply cannot take Adderall in any form. However, it must be noted that everyone has different reactions to prescribed drugs so choosing the right one may take a little trial and error before making the final choice.