JCCC Honors Journal


Ritalin and Adderall are commonly prescribed drugs for the treatment of the attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children, adolescents, and adults. Our study summarizes the properties and applications of these chemical compounds: methylphenidate (Ritalin, MPH) and dextroamphetamine (Adderall) describing the similarities and differences in their modes of action. Inclusively, these drugs perform by altering catecholamine levels in the nervous system for increased stimulation.