What are prescription stimulants?

Prescription stimulants are medicines generally used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy—uncontrollable episodes of deep sleep. They increase alertness, attention, and energy.

What are common prescription stimulants?

  • dextroamphetamine (Dexedrine®)
  • dextroamphetamine/amphetamine combination product (Adderall®)
  • methylphenidate (Ritalin®, Concerta®).

Popular slang terms for prescription stimulants include Speed, Uppers, and Vitamin R.

Learn more about prescription stimulants here

Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse; National Institutes of Health; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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