Does Adderall Come In A Liquid Dosage Form?

In our latest question and answer, the pharmacist discusses the available dosage forms for Adderall and related stimulant medications.

Question

I am wondering if you can get Adderall in a liquid form. I have trouble with tablets and capsules.

Asked by Elyn On Jun 20, 2022

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Published Jun 20, 2022
Last updated Jun 20, 2022

Key points

  • Adderall does not come in a liquid dosage form.
  • There are several other, similar, options to Adderall available as a liquid including Dyanavel XR (amphetamine) suspension and dextroamphetamine solution. Both of these products contain a component of what is contained in Adderall.
  • There are several methylphenidate (generic Ritalin) drugs available in a liquid as well, including Quillivant XR (methylphenidate extended-release) suspension.

Hello and thank you for your question!

First and foremost, I want to point out that Adderall is a combination of four different types of amphetamines (Dextroamphetamine Saccharate, Amphetamine Aspartate, Dextroamphetamine Sulfate and Amphetamine Sulfate Tablets), and this specific combination is not available in a liquid dosage form.

However, there are liquid dosage forms are other amphetamines and related stimulant drugs (such as methylphenidate, the drug in the brand name Ritalin).

So, to specifically answer your question, Adderall does not come as a liquid, but there are plenty of similar drugs in a liquid dosage form.

Stimulants Available As A Liquid

As mentioned, Adderall is a combination of several different amphetamines, and there is no liquid version of that.

There are similar liquid options, which include:

  • Dyanavel XR (amphetamine) suspension
  • Dextroamphetamine solution
  • Methylphenidate solution
  • ProCentra (methylphenidate solution)
  • Quillivant XR (methylphenidate extended-release) suspension

The closest two products to Adderall are the dextroamphetamine solution and Dyanavel XR.

Dyanavel XR is a liquid product that just contains amphetamine. It comes in a concentration of amphetamine 2.5mg/mL and is an extended-release product. 

Liquid dextroamphetamine product, which is immediate-release, comes in a concentration of 5mg/5mL.

These two products, while they aren't exactly the same as Adderall, at least contain some of its components.

Additionally, methylphenidate, which is a stimulant similar to what is contained in Adderall, is also available in several different liquid forms. It is the ingredient in the brand name drug Ritalin.

There are two 'immediate-release' products, available in a 5mg/5mL solution, and a 10mg/5mL solution.

There is also a fairly new brand name-only drug on the market known as Quillivant XR, which is an extended-release methylphenidate suspension.

Other Alternatives

In addition to the liquid dosage forms I've mentioned above, there are many other drugs you can consider if you are looking to avoid tablets or capsules.

These options include:

  • QuilliChew ER: Extended-release methylphenidate chew tablet
  • Vyvanse Chew: Extended-release lisdexamfetamine chew tablet
  • Evekeo ODT: Orally disintegrating amphetamine sulfate tablet
  • Cotempla-XR: Orally disintegrating methylphenidate tablet
  • Daytrana: Extended-release methylphenidate patch

Final Words

Thanks again for reaching out and I hope this answer helped!

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