ADHD Medication Chart

ADHD TREATMENTS
 
Generic Brand Form Strength Max Dose Administration
atomoxetine HCl Strattera Rx caps 10mg, 18mg, 25mg, 40mg, 60mg, 80mg, 100mg 1.4mg/kg or 100mg/day (whichever is less)

• Swallow whole

• Give once daily in the AM or in 2 divided doses (in AM + the late afternoon/early PM)

• May discontinue without tapering dose

clonidine HCl Kapvay Rx ext-rel tabs 0.1mg, 0.2mg 0.2mg twice daily

• Swallow whole

• Titrate by response

• Withdraw gradually by 0.1mg/day at 3–7 day intervals

dextroamphetamine sulfate CII scored tabs 5mg, 10mg usually 40mg/day in 2–3 divided doses

• Give in the AM and then 1–2 more doses 4–6hrs apart

Dexedrine Spansule CII sust-rel caps 5mg, 10mg, 15mg usually 40mg/day

• Avoid late evening doses

dexmethylphenidate HCl Focalin CII tabs 2.5mg, 5mg, 10mg 20mg/day

• Give twice daily at least 4hrs apart

• Single isomer methylphenidate product (use 1/2 of racemic methylphenidate dose initially)

Focalin XR CII ext-rel caps 5mg, 10mg, 15mg, 20mg, 25mg, 30mg, 35mg, 40mg

adults: 40mg/day

children: 30mg/day

• Give once daily in the AM

• May sprinkle contents on applesauce and swallow without chewing beads

guanfacine Intuniv Rx ext-rel tabs 1mg, 2mg, 3mg, 4mg 4mg/day

• Swallow whole with water, milk, or other liquid

• Do not give with high-fat meals

• Withdraw gradually by 1mg every 3–7days

lisdexamfetamine dimesylate Vyvanse CII caps 20mg, 30mg, 40mg, 50mg, 60mg, 70mg 70mg/day

• Give once daily in the AM

• May sprinkle contents in a glass of water and consume immediately

methylphenidate Daytrana CII transdermal patches 10mg, 15mg, 20mg, 30mg

• Apply patch to hip 2hrs before desired effect, remove 9hrs after application; may remove earlier if shorter duration of effect or late day side effect appears

• May titrate dose at 1wk intervals

methylphenidate HCl Concerta CII ext-rel tabs (with immediate-release outer coating) 18mg, 27mg, 36mg, 54mg

6–12yrs: 54mg/day

≥13 yrs: 72mg/day

• Give once daily in the AM

Metadate CD CII ext-rel caps (containing immediate and ext-rel beads) 10mg, 20mg, 30mg, 40mg, 50mg, 60mg 60mg once daily

• Give once daily in the AM before breakfast

• May sprinkle contents on applesauce and swallow without chewing beads

Metadate ER CII ext-rel tabs 20mg 60mg/day in divided doses

• May use Metadate ER when its 8-hr dose corresponds to the 8-hr immediate-release dose

Methylin CII tabs 5mg 60mg/day in divided doses

• Give before breakfast and lunch

scored tabs 10mg, 20mg  
Methylin Chewable CII chew tabs 2.5mg, 5mg, 10mg 60mg/day in divided doses

• Give before breakfast and lunch

Methylin ER CII ext-rel tabs 10mg, 20mg 60mg/day in divided doses

• May use Methylin ER when its 8-hr dose corresponds to the 8-hr immediate-release dose

Methylin Oral Solution CII oral soln 5mg/5mL 10mg/5mL 60mg/day in divided doses

• Give before breakfast and lunch

Quillivant XR CII ext-rel oral susp 25mg/5mL 60mg daily

• Give once daily in the AM

• Shake bottle vigorously for ≥10sec before use

Ritalin CII tabs 5mg 60mg/day in divided doses

• Give before breakfast and lunch

scored tabs 10mg, 20mg  
Ritalin LA CII ext-rel caps (half as immediate-release, half as e-c delayed-release beads) 10mg, 20mg, 30mg, 40mg 60mg once daily

• Give once daily in the AM

• May sprinkle contents on applesauce and swallow without chewing beads

Ritalin SR CII sust-rel tabs 20mg 60mg/day in divided doses

• May use Ritalin SR when its 8-hr dose corresponds to the 8-hr immediate-release dose

mixed dextroamphetamine/
amphetamine salts
CII double-scored tabs 5mg, 7.5mg, 10mg, 12.5mg, 15mg, 20mg, 30mg usually 40mg/day in 2–3 divided doses

• Give in AM and 4–6hrs apart

Adderall XR CII ext-rel caps 5mg, 10mg, 15mg, 20mg, 25mg, 30mg 30mg once daily

• Give once daily in the AM

• May sprinkle contents on applesauce and swallow without chewing beads

NOTES

Not an inclusive list of medications, official indications, or dosing information. Please see drug monograph at www.eMPR.com and/or contact company for full drug labeling. Use lowest effective dose. Avoid late evening doses. Re-evaluate periodically; improvement may be sustained when the drug is either temporarily or permanently discontinued. If paradoxical aggravation of symptoms or other adverse effects occur, the dose should be reduced or discontinued.

(Rev. 5/2013)

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