Ritalin, also known as methylphenidate, Focalin, or Concerta, is a medication approved by the FDA and is used to treat ADD, ADHD and narcolepsy. Its mechanism of action involves inhibiting the reuptake of the neurotransmitter dopamine, leading to increased amounts of dopamine between synapses, thus improving focus, motivation, alertness, and energy. From a nootropic perspective, taking this substance increases efficiency of cortical networks and memory functions.
|Adderall is a phenethylamine and prescription drug that is primarily used to treat ADHD and wakefulness disorders such as narcolepsy. It works extremely well for improving cognition and can even improve mood by targeting the neurotransmitters like Dopamine, Adrenaline, and Norepinephrine. When taken at the correct dosage, it can increase productivity, cognitive organization, and cognitive resources.|
2 or 3 times daily, preferably 30 to 45 minutes before eating. Typical dosage is 20 to 30 mg daily.
2.5 mg daily; dosage may be increased in increments of 2.5 mg weekly until optimal response is obtained.
A few reported side effects related with Ritalin usage includes fast heart beat, angina, joint pain, fever, and skin rashes.
Some reported side effects related with Adderall usage include anxiety, loss of appetite, dry mouth and insomnia.
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