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Please note: PlushCare cannot write prescriptions for ADHD medication such as Adderall, Ritalin, and other controlled substances. Treatment of ADHD will depend on the individual's symptoms, age and the severity of impact. Prescription medication is a common form of treatment for ADHD. Treatment is most effective when medication therapy is combined with behavioral strategies.

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Common symptoms of ADHD include:

  • Difficulty paying attention (inattention)
  • Being overactive (hyperactivity)
  • Acting without thinking (impulsivity)

ADHD Medication

The most commonly prescribed medications to treat ADHD are:

Adderall Dexedrine
Adderall XR Vyvance
Strattera Concerta
methylphenidate Ritalin


Please note: PlushCare cannot prescribe controlled substances including many of the medications listed above, see below for more info.


Medications are prescribed at the sole discretion of a PlushCare physician. Prescriptions for non-controlled substances can only be written after a medical evaluation. Scheduling an appointment does not guarantee that a medication can or will be prescribed.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can You Get ADHD Treatment Online?

PlushCare cannot prescribe stimulants such as Adderall and Ritalin because they are classified as controlled substances and require an in-person visit before a prescription can be written. It is illegal to prescribe controlled substances online and because they are often the first line of treatment for ADHD, in-person treatment is recommended.

Can an Online Doctor Help Me With ADHD?

While the online doctor cannot prescribe you controlled substances that are often used to treat ADHD, there are some noncontrolled substances used to treat ADHD such as Strattera, its generic version atomoxetineguanfacine and bupropion, which can all be prescribed online.

Which ADHD Medications Cannot Be Prescribed Online Because They Are Controlled?

Commonly prescribed medications that are schedule 2 controlled substances include: Adderall, Adderall XR, Vyvanse, Concerta, methylphenidate, Dexedrine, Ritalin, amphetamine / dextroamphetamine, dextroamphetamine. Learn more drug classifications here. PlushCare is unable to prescribe controlled substances.

What Are Controlled Substances?

There are varying levels of regulations when it comes to medication. Schedule 1 is the most serious and includes illegal drugs with no medical benefits. Prescription medications that have potential for abuse, addiction or are otherwise known to come with high risks are controlled substances and require an in-person visit to obtain a prescription, and in some cases may not prescribed if the risks outweigh the benefits. Most ADHD medications are classified as schedule 2 drugs.

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