Which medications in the drug class Stimulants are used in the treatment of Depression?

Updated: Mar 28, 2019
  • Author: Jerry L Halverson, MD; Chief Editor: David Bienenfeld, MD  more...
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Stimulants

The CNS stimulants dextroamphetamine (Dexedrine) and methylphenidate (Ritalin) are sometimes used to augment antidepressants in patients with resistant depression.

Dextroamphetamine (Dexedrine, ProCentra, Zenzedi)

This is an augmenting agent in resistant depression. It has been studied most for treating patients who are medically ill and depressed. It is available as a sustained-release preparation.

Methylphenidate (Ritalin, Aptensio XR, Concerta, Daytrana, Metadate ER, Quillivant ER)

Methylphenidate has been mostly studied for treating patients who are medically ill and depressed. It is available as a sustained-release preparation.


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