About the Drug
Adderall is used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. Adderall stimulates the central nervous system by altering the chemicals in the brain that affect hyperactivity and impulse control.
Use of Information
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Adderall comes in the form of a tablet and also as a capsule for extended release. The tablets should not be chewed, crushed or broken and the extended release capsule should not be opened as this may cause too much of the drug to be released at one time. Drinking fruit juices and taking vitamin C at the same time as Adderall can inhibit the body’s ability to absorb the medication. Adderall should not be taken at night as it may cause sleep disturbances.
What If I Missed a Dose?
In the case that you miss taking your medicine, It is recommended that you take it when you remember. It is NOT advised to “double dose” (taking both your missed dose and your next one). What’s most important is you get back to your medication regime and avoid missing doses without professional consult.
How Can I Store this Medicine?
This medication should be stored at room temperature away from light, heat and moisture.
Possible Side Effects
Avoid drinking or ingesting large amounts of caffeine as this can cause an increase in side effects. Contact your doctor if these side effects persist or worsen.
- loss of appetite
- weight loss
- dry mouth
- stomach upset/pain
- sleep disturbance
The following symptoms should be addressed immediately by calling your physician.
- mental/mood/behavior changes
- changes in heart rate or rhythm
- chest pain
- changes in vision
- uncontrolled body movements
- severe headache
- shortness of breath
- extreme tiredness
- slurred speech
- swelling of ankles or feet
- teeth grinding
Adderall can be habit-forming. Long term use can cause slow growth in children so talk with your child’s doctor if he/she is not growing or gaining weight. Adderall can cause certain tests to have unusual results so inform your doctor if you are taking Adderall before having testing done. Do not use Adderall if you have any of the following:
- hardened arteries (arteriosclerosis)
- heart disease
- moderate/severe high blood pressure
- overactive thyroid
- anxiety or agitation
- history of drug or alcohol abuse
Took an Overdose?
If you or someone you know took an overdose of this medication, then you need to IMMEDIATELY seek medical attention.
Hotline: U.S. National Poison Control 1800-222-1222
Other Drug Interactions
Adderall can react with many other medications so tell you doctor about any other medications you are taking. The following list contains some medications that can react with Adderall. This list is not all inclusive.
- MAO inhibitors – Marplan, Parnate, Nardil, Azilect
- Effexor and Effexor XR