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Dexedrine vs Ritalin, a side effect and effectiveness comparison for a male patient aged 35

This is personalized comparison of Dexedrine vs Ritalin for a male aged 35. The study is created by eHealthMe based on reports from FDA and social media.

What are the drugs

Dexedrine (latest outcomes from 1,822 users) has active ingredients of dextroamphetamine sulfate. It is often used in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Ritalin (latest outcomes from 11,175 users) has active ingredients of methylphenidate hydrochloride. It is often used in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

On Aug, 13, 2014: 903 male patients aged 31 who take the same drugs are studied in Dexedrine vs Ritalin

Information of patient in study:

GenderAgeReason for the drug

Drugs to compare:

Dexedrine dextroamphetamine sulfateSmithkline Beecham
Ritalin methylphenidate hydrochlorideNovartis

eHealthMe real world results:

For males aged 31 (±5):

Most common side effects:

(click on each outcome to view in-depth analysis, incl. how people recovered)
Dexedrine (Smithkline Beecham)Ritalin (Novartis)
Drug IneffectiveAnxiety
Asthenia (weakness)Headache (pain in head)
Agitation (state of anxiety or nervous excitement)Depression
WeaknessSomnolence (a state of near-sleep, a strong desire for sleep)
Insomnia (sleeplessness)Hyperhidrosis (abnormally increased sweating)
Ventricular Tachycardia (rapid heartbeat that originates in one of the lower chambers (the ventricles) of the heart)Chest Pain
ApathyTachycardia (a heart rate that exceeds the range of 100 beats/min)
Somnolence (a state of near-sleep, a strong desire for sleep)Dizziness
Headache (pain in head)Insomnia (sleeplessness)
Hypotonia (low muscle tone)Aggression

Most common side effects experienced by people in long term use:

(click on each outcome to view in-depth analysis, incl. how people recovered)
Dexedrine (Smithkline Beecham)Ritalin (Novartis)
Hypertension (high blood pressure)Memory Impairment
Tachycardia (a heart rate that exceeds the range of 100 beats/min)Loss Of Libido (loss of sexual urge)
Tonic Clonic Movements (generalized seizure that affects the entire brain)Myocardial Infarction (destruction of heart tissue resulting from obstruction of the blood supply to the heart muscle)
Excessive Saliva (drop saliva uncontrollably from the mouth)Dizziness
Tiredness (feeling of tiredness)Libido Decreased (loss of interest in sex)
Paranoia (psychotic disorder characterized by delusions of persecution with or without grandeur)Palpitations (feelings or sensations that your heart is pounding or racing)
Joint Dislocation (a joint position is changed from normal position)Tremor (trembling or shaking movements in one or more parts of your body)
Mood Swings (an extreme or rapid change in mood)Anxiety Aggravated
Heart InjuryDisturbance In Attention

Drug effectiveness:

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Drug effectiveness in real world:

Alternative drugs:

Side effects in real world:

On eHealthMe, Dexedrine (dextroamphetamine sulfate) is often used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Ritalin (methylphenidate hydrochloride) is often used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Find out below the conditions the drugs are used for, how effective they are, and any alternative drugs that you can use to treat those same conditions.

What is the drug used for and how effective is it:

Other drugs that are used to treat the same conditions:

Recent related drug comparison:

NOTE: The study is based on active ingredients. Other drugs that have the same active ingredients are also considered.

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