Adderall vs. Methamphetamine: Why They’re Similar, and Why They’re Not image

Community Psychiatry’s Leela Magavi, M.D. was featured in WebMD’s article on Adderall vs. Methamphetamine.

Adderall vs. Methamphetamine: Why They’re Similar, and Why They’re Not

By Kevin Hwang | WebMD

Methamphetamine is a widely misused drug that has destroyed entire communities. Adderall, while it can be misused, is helpful for some people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and narcolepsy.

Methamphetamine and Adderall are drugs that stimulate the brain. While they have some similarities, it’s important to understand the differences in their effects, risks, and potential for misuse.

“I diagnose children, adolescents and adults with ADHD after learning about their birth, developmental, family, and educational history,” says Dr. Leela R. Magavi, M.D., a psychiatrist in Newport Beach, California. “I often speak with individuals’ family members and teachers to learn more about how they present in different settings such as home and school. I occasionally refer individuals for testing to learn about their memory and processing speed. I also observe how children and adults appear, speak and engage with me during our sessions, which helps me make a diagnosis of ADHD.”

Adderall is also approved for treating narcolepsy, a disorder that makes you suddenly fall asleep at any time. While it may not be the first choice now that other options are available, Adderall can help people with narcolepsy stay awake during the daytime.

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