Of these, I've tried the following: Adderall, Vyvanse, Dexedrine, Ritalin & Provigil. There are many more on the 'want-to-try-one-day' list, such as Desoxyn & phendimetrazine (Bontril). But I will attempt to describe the effects of those I have tried for anyone out there who's curious how they compare.
Adderall: This is the bread-and-butter of the Rx stim world. I find it to be the most fun & light-hearted amphetamine. It contains both levo- and dextro-amphetamine, making it a racemic mixture that's a bit more jittery than plain dextro-amphetamine. Some people like this while others find it unnerving. I happen to be in the former category. Adderall gives me an all-around better energy boost than plain dex & just feels more "fun". Of course I keep my doses of all stims low because my heart races too much if I don't. And who needs the extra anxiety?
|Adderall XR ad. (Kid is clearly manic).|
Dexedrine: I first took Dexedrine on the 4th of July in 2015. It was a fun but intense day & night. I find dextroamphetamine (Dexedrine) to feel very "serious," reminiscent of a Nazi drug that just makes you want to put your head down & bang out assembly line work or something. I wouldn't turn my nose up at it but it's not quite as recreational as Adderall for me. Just has a more cold, utilitarian feel.
|Dexedrine: For "victims" of overeating.|
Vyvanse: Vyvanse is a pro-drug of dextroamphetamine, which means it has to be processed through the liver before it "becomes" dextroamphetamine. Thus it can take a while before the actual effects kick in. This isn't a bad thing I've found: it has the desired stimulant effects & is a bit smoother feeling than plain Dex. Very similar & longer-acting in my opinion. I probably couldn't tell them apart in a blind test.
Ritalin: Ahh, Ritalin. Baby's first stimulant. Methylphenidate (Ritalin) belongs to a different class than the amphetamines & is actually more similar to cocaine in its method of action, which can be good or bad depending on your personal preference. In my case, it just makes me too jittery & tense to be of much use. Again, would I turn my nose up at it if offered some? No. But I prefer even Benzedrex to Ritalin because the cocaine-type drugs just aren't my thing. Ditto for Concerta.
|'Brighten the Day' Ritalin Ad|
Provigil: Modafinil (Provigil) is yet another type of stimulant--ahh, wakefulness-promoting agent--that exists to treat things like narcolepsy & shift work sleep disorder. I was prescribed it in college on the suspicion that I had narcolepsy. While it prevented daytime napping, it did NOTHING to alleviate the fatigue I experience when the sun is up, which led to a miserable & tortuous state of wakefulness I wouldn't wish on anyone. Plus it was really fucking expensive. Give me real stims or give me sleep.
Have you tried any Rx stimulants I haven't included here? Share your experiences below!