It's entirely personal, and also depends on what you want to get out of each drug
. Personally I think adderall
) in almost every way possible. However, methylphenidate is a more "recreational" stimulant than adderall. I find methylphenidate to have far too many side effects
in comparison to adderall. At higher doses the jaw clenching is unbearable and uncontrollable, anxiety is significant, feeling completely tweaked out (just staring into space), short-term memory is destroyed (can read for hours but only able to recall a small amount of material), flushing, vasoconstriction
, annoying comedown
...the list goes on. Mind you, this is at recreational dosages and taken in the IR format. The extended release is more calming, but I feel "out of it" (hard to explain) and not myself - kind of like a robot that's just preforming random functions. However, despite all of this, it is VERY euphoric....definitely comparable to cocaine
(although definitely not as clean and euphoric as cocaine)...people weren't kidding when they call methylphenidate "kitty cocaine" - there are definite similarities between the two drugs
in terms of psychological effects.
As for adderall, it's very "clean". It does not have much recreational value, but cognition is enhanced to an unmeasurable level, it is stimulating but purely in the psychological sense rather than the physical. This is the beauty of the drug. Your primary side effects will be a rapid heart rate (it isn't until you get to insane doses that you become paranoid)...I've never felt "tweaked out" on adderall, the worst I've felt was slight
paranoia and agitation on a high dose when was still new to the drug. Hell, I feel much worse on a higher dose of caffeine
...and the comedown from caffeine is worse too!
However, putting my biases aside, adderall's side effects are much more subtle, and might even be more dangerous than methylphenidate in the long term. The damage is being done - psychological addiction
can definitely creep up on users, and apparently it is neurotoxic (it is still being debated as to whether or not adderall itself is neurotoxic). Although to some adderall may seem like the "perfect stimulant" there's always
a price to pay.
It's entirely subjective though, and really depends on you. Different drugs effect different people in different ways. To some both seem like the same thing and they can't really tell the difference between the two. To others the differences are absolutely apparent. At the end of the day you gotta figure out which one is best for you. Personally adderall seems "perfect" for me, and it is precisely this reason that I must take a period of abstention. If it's too good to be true, it usually isn't.