Adderall Side Effects, Uses & Dosage
Generic Name: Amphetamine Mixed Salts (am-FET-a-mine)
Drug Class: Amphetamine
Table of Contents
- How to Take It
- Possible Side Effects
- Warnings and Precautions
- Drug Interactions
- Dosage & Missed Dose
- Pregnancy or Nursing
- More Information
Adderall is used in the treatment of narcolepsy and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, also known as ADHD. In ADHD, it is used as part of a total treatment plan, including social, psychological, and other treatments. It may help to increase the ability to pay attention, concentrate, stay focused, and stop fidgeting. It is also used as a cognitive and athletic performance enhancer.
This medicine works in patients with attention deficit disorders by helping to calm them and increasing their concentration.
This information is for educational purposes only. Not every known side effect, adverse effect, or drug interaction is in this database. If you have questions about your medicines, talk to your health care provider.
How to Take It
It is important to follow your prescription directions carefully and do not suddenly stop taking the medication. This medicine is taken orally and may be taken with food to avoid stomach upset. Doses may vary. Take about the same time every day.
Side effects that may occur while taking this medicine include:
- feel like throwing up / throwing up
- chronic trouble sleeping
- easily angered or annoyed
- loss of appetite
- upper abdominal pain
- false sense of well-being
Contact your doctor immediately if you experience:
- chest pain
- trouble breathing
- increase in aggression
- hostility, agitation, or irritability
If you experience other bothersome side effects, contact your health care provider.
Warnings & Precautions
- Those who have heart problems, diabetes, or a history of drug abuse should NOT use this medicine.
- Children with attention deficit disorders who also have Tourette’s syndrome or tics also should NOT use this medicine.
- Amphetamines may impair the ability of patients to drive a car or perform other potentially dangerous activities.
- Amphetamines can be habit forming.
- Avoid large amounts of caffeine while taking Adderall.
- Adderall may cause circulation problems in the hands and feet.
- Adderall should not be used in CHILDREN younger than 3 years old.
- For an overdose, seek medical attention immediately. For non emergencies, contact your local or regional poison control center at 1-800-222-1222.
Possible drug interactions may occur with monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAO), increasing the risk for irregular hear beat (arrhythmias), seizures, or high blood pressure (hypertension). Talk to your physician or pharmacist if you are taking other medications.
Dosage & Missed Dose
Take your next dose as soon as you remember. If it is time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double doses.
Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom). Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed.
For women, this medicine is not recommended during pregnancy or for use by nursing mothers. If you suspect that you may be pregnant, talk to you doctor.
For more information, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or health care provider, or you can visit this website https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/meds/a601234.html for additional information from the manufacturer of this drug.
Overall Review of this Medication
Psych Central. (2016). Adderall. Psych Central. Retrieved on January 16, 2018, from https://psychcentral.com/drugs/adderall/