My activity on this forum has declined a lot after I had to resolve a substance abuse problem. I have ADD and am an insomniac, which is probably related. I got into an addiction of sleeping meds, which I overcame. There was a whole slew of other drugs that I experimented with but didn't have any issues with to stop as well.
I used to be prescribed dextro-amphetamine for my ADD which worked miracles for me. I admit it also contributed slightly to the insomnia, but since that was already there anyway it didn't matter that much to me.
To overcome my insomnia I indulged too much meds and came clean with my psych to go into treatment and successfully kicked the addiction. I also spent time on treatment with a psychologist, which also helped a lot.
Now since I am officially labeled as an (ex-)addict, I can no longer get a prescription for amphetamine based medications. Even though I never abused that medication, as I never used it to get high or tweak or whatever. I just used it therapeutically and found it helped me lead a normal life.
I have now tried all the alternatives and gave them their fair shot. I also realised I was never going to be prescribed d-amp again, so I gave it all my enthusiasm and hope. But as the medical profession already knows, amphetamine-based meds have the highest chance of success for ADHD patients.
After going through severe depression, job-loss and total loss of self worth I contemplated on ordering legal alternatives. I hate the situation, but it's what I consider my best option for a quality standard of living.
With the help of these legal stimulants I am able to regain some sense of normality in my life (paradoxically). The problem is that I am completely on my own, and am monitoring myself, which is a dangerous path to walk on.
To aid myself in the quest for the right legal ADHD stimulant for my country I did some empirical research and read boards like these and all the known sources.
The result is a spreadsheet with the stuff I researched. I scored it on different categories that are of importance to me. There are also other categories like neurotoxicity and obscurity which are frankly just my impressions of what I read from all different sources. If it were scientific I would have quoted them all, but unfortunately I did not intend this to be a peer-reviewed scientific study.
So anyway, it is incomplete (probably inaccurate) and purely biased towards my interests. However i could not find anything like it anywhere so if it could help somebody, here it is. And if anyone could improve it, it would be much appreciated.
When a category is noted with a +, this means a higher score is better. When it -, a higher score means it is not what you want.
Chemicals in italics mean that I haven't researched them yet, but think they are interesting towards my purposes.
To conclude my preferred ADHD med at this time is a combination of 3-FA and 4-FA. But I speculate that 2-FA or 2-FMA might be even more appropriate. The holy grail is something that does not produce euphoria, no PMS stimulation, and as little toxicity as possible. Just a functional clean stimulant.
PS: I had included price details in my original sheet, but I believe that is not allowed so I have removed it for posting here.