Note: The information on this page is about medicines for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in adults. For information about medicines for ADHD in children, see medicines for ADHD in children.
Medicines for ADHD in adults can help you to concentrate better, be less impulsive, feel calmer and learn and practise new skills. Read more about ADHD in adults.
In Aotearoa New Zealand, medicines used to treat ADHD in adults include:
- methylphenidate (Concerta, Ritalin, Ritalin LA, Rubifen)
- dexamphetamine (dexamfetamine)
- atomoxetine (Strattera).
Methylphenidate is the preferred first choice of medicine. Dexamphetamine or atomoxetine are usually prescribed if you are unable to take methylphenidate or if it has not worked well to improve your symptoms. For people with some medical conditions, the use of ADHD medicines may not be suitable, for example if you have heart problems, thyroid problems (hyperthyroidism), stroke, epilepsy or tic disorder, or glaucoma. If this is the case, your doctor will discuss the suitability of other treatment options with you.