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Adderall (amphetamine mixed salts)

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Adderall®

Generic Name: Amphetamine and dextroamphetamine am-FET-a-meen

Drug Class: Amphetamine-like Drugs

 

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Description
Adderall is used to treat narcolepsy and attention deficit disorder (ADD and ADHD).

Adderall is a central nervous system stimulant. It affects chemicals in the brain and nerves that contribute to hyperactivity and impulse control.

Your doctor may prescribe this medicine for other conditions as well such as narolepsy (difficulty staying awake).

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General Information
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 healthcare provider. 

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Proper use of this medicine
Follow the directions that your doctor has given you. This medicine is taken orally and may be taken with or without food. Do not abruptly stop taking this medicine before talking to your doctor. Do not break, crush or chew sustained-release forms. This medicine may cause a patient to have difficulty sleeping. It is recommended that this medicine be taken several hours before going to sleep or in the morning. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about the best time to take this medicine.
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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.
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Storage
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. Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed.
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Possible Side Effects
    • nervousness, fast heart beat, excitement
    • insomnia
    • reduced appetite
    • More severe side effects may include:
    • growth suppression in children
    • chest pain
    • seizures or involuntary movements
    • If you experience any of these severe side effects, talk to you doctor immediately.
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Warnings/Precautions
    • Talk to your doctor before taking this medicine if you have a history of:
      • high blood pressure
      • seizures
      • substance abuse issues
    • Do NOT take this medicine if you have severe depression.
    • Methylphenidate should NOT be used in patients with Tourette's syndrome or patients with a family history of this condition.
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Overdose
Seek medical attention immediately. U.S. residents can call the national poison hotline at 1-800-222-1222. Canadian residents should call their local poison control center directly.
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Drug Interactions
    • 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.

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Pregnancy/Nursing
If you are pregnant, or thinking of becoming pregnant, talk to your doctor about the risks versus the benefits of taking this medicine during your pregnancy. For nursing mothers, do not take this medicine while breastfeeding.
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More Information

For more information about this medicine, talk to your healthcare provider.
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bea1990
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Registered: December 2013
Location: CA
Posts: 12
Fri November 7, 2014 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $50.00| Rating: 9 

 
PROS: Extreme motivation, enhanced creativity, better focused, more social, alert
CONS: Dry mouth, insomnia, irritable, stomach pain, addictive

Oh Adderal...how I love you. Life on Adderall has turned me into Superwoman. I feel like I can do ANYTHING that I put my mind to and I often succeed at those things. My weight is exactly where I want it to be also because I dont crave fatty foods. This drug unlocks something in my brain that I cant explain. Something that gives me an intense drive to reach my goals. It is truly amazing. But...when im NOT on it; all i want to do is sleep and lay around, i gain more weight, im anxious in social situations, i lack motivation for everything, my room and car are a mess, i cant focus on anything that doesnt interest me, and I get very depressed. So...I hope my doctor never tells me that I have to stop taking it because I dont know what i'll do. Every rose has its thorn, I guess.

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PsyTech
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Registered: February 2014
Location: Arizona
Posts: 5
Tue April 8, 2014 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $10.00| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: Increased concentration, focus, overall alertness and increase in thought process.
CONS: Affected sleep patterns at beginning or adjustment to dosage, a lot of contraindications o other medications but outwigh the risk in my case.

This product has helped me in ways I never knew . When I was diagnosed with ADHD it seems as if there was a void in my brain I knew existed but with this medication after 15 months on 20mgs in the AM and 20mgs 6-8 hrs later. I find my work and study habits as well as increased to the utmost standard of processing and completing my efficiency at work and ability to study and test well. Not to mention my Marriage, I could barely stay focused or listen to my wife, always blamed it on "insensitivity", now being able to explore this with my wife and ability to connect and really listen to her worries and what she has to say has increased our lives infinite amounts.

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235791113
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Registered: March 2014
Location: USA
Posts: 11
Sat March 8, 2014 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $10.00| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: Gets you back to attention
CONS: Abuse potential, cardiovascular effects

I use this at the end of the day after my Vyvanse wears off. I much prefer slow-release drugs like Vyvanse to immediate-release drugs like Adderall. It gets me back to attention when the slow-release drug wears off after 6-9 hours. Sometimes, I will take it in the morning if I have a hard time getting up. It works very well for getting me out of bed when I NEED to be out of bed quickly.

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bluerae
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Registered: January 2014
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 1
Wed January 29, 2014 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: Increases concentration, focus, memory, alert w/out jitters
CONS: Dependence~important to follow dose as prescribed. Withdraw if stopping without gradually decreasing dose

I've been taking Adderall XR 20 for approx. 3 yrs. I'm noticing a decline in ability to concentrate; unable to multi-task or remain focused for long. Also, noticing short term memory has changed where I'm forgetting things I didn't before. I'm seeing my Dr. tomorrow-he may suggest a higher dose, since this particular med. has shown to be helpful for me.

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dancing jellyfish
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Registered: January 2014
Location: Arizona
Posts: 2
Mon January 27, 2014 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 7 

 
PROS: helps boost effect of other ADHD med(Vyvanse), allows for easier focus in afternoons
CONS: decreases appetite (which can lead to unhealthy weight loss), interacts with some antidepressants and cold medicines

I'm currently 17 and a junior in high school. I have an unweighted GPA of 4.8, taking 7 classes a day, 5 of those AP. I'm ranked third in my graduating class, and I'm working at a local preschool. However, my freshman year at age 14, my life was falling apart. I could never finish my assignments, much less turn them in on time, and my parents were tearing their hair out from the stress I was causing them. Finally, my school counselor had me tested for ADHD - I was off the charts. My doctor put me on Vyvanse, but it wouldn't last me past noon, even on the highest dose, because I had to take it at 4am to be alert and focused for my 5:30am class. So, they prescribed me 5mg of Adderal- it worked wonders. However, I did rapidly lose about 40lbs over the course of 2 months because of my decreased appetite. Had I not kept careful track of what and how much I was eating, I would've been at severe risk of malnourishment. Overall, though, this medication works pretty well, both with another medication, and by itself (I just take 30mg on the weekends - I don't need to focus so hard when I'm only awake for 9 hours a day). Just be cautioned - it is a stimulant, so it's a controlled substance in most states, and it's easily abused. It also affects sleeping patterns, and may contribute to insomnia.

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Fastidious Raptor
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Registered: June 2012
Location: Sonoma County, Ca
Posts: 4
Tue November 26, 2013 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $15.00| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: Reduces some symptoms associated with ADHD, helps me get up in the morning more easily
CONS: Not strong enough, hard to remember to take additional doses if not taking Adderall XR

This medication is the first one I've used for the treatment of ADHD. I feel like it works well to some degree, but I wish it was just a little bit stronger. I seem less distracted and i'm better able to focus while taking this medication.COST WITHOUT INSURANCE:$175COST WITH INSURANCE (CMSP)$14

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nel1330
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Registered: November 2013
Location: New York
Posts: 2
Sat November 23, 2013 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $10.00| Rating: 9 

 
PROS: Helped me get my work done, loss in appetite
CONS: Made me severly manic

I have Bipolar Type 1 and my psychiatrist (who is now in jail)put me on 80mg a day. I do not have ADHD. My mood was so unstable and I was manic for the whole year I was on it, nearly ruined my life. Thankfully I am not on it anymore. I know that I am not suppose to be on Adderall but I now see that it really truly does help people who do need it. Great medication, just not for me.

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positiveperson
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Registered: November 2013
Location: Murrieta
Posts: 1
Thu November 14, 2013 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $10.00| Rating: 9 

 
PROS: Increased concentration, focus, and ability to recall previously learned information. More motivation to be social.
CONS: Increased heart rate, slightly anxious.

Started Ritalin for ADD 1 year ago. Recently switched to see if Adderal was more effective, I believe it is. I am on 20mg a day - but to decrease side effects I split the tablet in half and take them 1-2 hours apart. Does not last all day, and I don't notice any decrease in appetite. I DO notice improvement on information recollection, focus, and conversation skills.

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GlaringofGrimalkins
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Registered: September 2013
Posts: 7
Mon September 23, 2013 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $1.10| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: Fairly decent symptom control.
CONS: Must take much more than max allowable dosage for any effect.

It works great but effective dosage is about 5 times the max recommended dose, therefore a month's supply will only allow one about 3 good days/mo.

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Awol2404
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Registered: July 2013
Posts: 5
Tue July 16, 2013 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $46.00| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: I feel like me again. Better focus but still don't know if dosage is right.
CONS: None

I can focus and get done all the things I need to.

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matchbox20
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Registered: July 2013
Location: USofA
Posts: 9
Tue July 9, 2013 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $15.00| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: Enhanced motivation, concentration, and alertness.
CONS:

I don't have ADHD or ADD (not that I know of anyway) but my psychiatrist prescribed Adderall to me to help with my lack of motivation and concentration that comes with my severe depression. From the very first dose of Adderall I was cheerful, motivated and got done what I needed to be done. I've been taking it since April and I feel more like myself when I take it. I'm on a very low dose twice a day, so the only side effects that really bothered me were the sweats, but those went away. Plus, I lost weight when I went on it. No complaints there!

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Pandahhh
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Registered: June 2013
Location: Germany
Posts: 2
Sat June 22, 2013 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 9 

 
PROS: Helps motivation and concentration
CONS: Can cause depression after/during dose

I find it very useful, but it can be VERY addicting

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Skully
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Registered: February 2010
Location: Northeastern Pennsylvania
Posts: 8040
Fri June 14, 2013 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $97.00| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: really helps me to focus
CONS: Dont each much on it

This has been a wonder drug for me!

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mikeloore
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Registered: June 2013
Posts: 1
Sat June 8, 2013 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 9 

 
PROS: able to focus,less fidgety,more calmed down, better quality work
CONS: Nervousness,Cold Hands/feet,feeling crappy in mourning,addictive,amped up feeling

Ive been taking adderall for 3 weeks now ive seen sudden increase in grades from Ds and Cs to Bs and As. Less fidgeting,calm,. Better quality work,organization not forgetting things,more motivated. People have noticed I improved alot in behavior.Some bad things I get is Nervousness, cold hands and feet, crashing in evening, very tired and cranky in mourning before taking it addictive and sometimes an amped up feeling

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learningursula
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Registered: April 2013
Location: virginia
Posts: 25
Sun April 14, 2013 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $3.00| Rating: 9 

 
PROS: does work
CONS: you have to take itmore than once aday because it wears off in 2-6 hours

havent had any problems

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Scbabygurl820
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Registered: January 2011
Posts: 7
Wed February 13, 2013 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 5 

 
PROS:
CONS:

I took Adderall before. It did not work well for me, though I was on a very low dose of it.

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oceancries
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Registered: November 2012
Location: A land of no return
Posts: 164
Sun December 2, 2012 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 4 

 
PROS: Kept me focused for some time
CONS: blurry vision, headaches, when I didnt take it I would feel sick, when

When I first started taking it, it helped wonders. But then some years later, I missed one, started taking again, and I got blurry eyes, headaches, and would feel so lightheaded. I have a longterm side effect. I twitch.

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KeepingPace
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Registered: May 2012
Location: Hell I think
Posts: 33
Fri May 18, 2012 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: It makes me feel better when nothing else has really worked for me
CONS: Social Stigma- being considered a meth freak etc.

In 15 years I haven't really increased the dosage- I am of course concerned about dependence- it really is the only thing that helps with my Depression, the effect when it wears off can be difficult tho...

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KeepingPace
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Registered: May 2012
Location: Hell I think
Posts: 33
Fri May 4, 2012 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 7 

 
PROS: makes me feel better
CONS: a little too stimulating sometimes

I have been taking this for nearly 15 years-it is really the only thing that keeps me moving and not turning into a total blurb

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KheironQ
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Registered: March 2012
Posts: 2
Sat March 31, 2012 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $25.00| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: Revs me up and calms me at the same time
CONS: Dependency

Nothing more to add

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scootergrrl
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Registered: December 2011
Posts: 1
Mon December 19, 2011 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: increased motivation, focus, decreased depression
CONS: DEA stopped manufacturer from distributing in late 2011

I take this medication as prescribed. I am a 35 year old high school teacher and Adderall has changed my life. During college I was labeled as slow or dumb because I had a hard time focusing. I would find myself daydreaming often, looking around the classroom at others, and thinking about what I had to do after class rather than focusing on the instructor. I also lost my basketball scholarship because I wasn't focused on the plays in practice, instead I was thinking about what homework I had to do for what classes and always making a mental list. I was never learning the basketball plays because I couldn't focus, which made me look like I sucked! It wasn't until I saw a psychiatrist for depression and anxiety that I told him about my past and history with focus and attention. When I first started teaching I would lose my train of thought while teaching, because my mind would be racing and I would ask my class, "what was I talking about again?" The Adderall is now impossible to get because people are abusing it and using it for the wrong reasons. I can take 15mg and take a nap. It helps me focus, it does not act like "cocaine", "meth" or any other illegal stimulant is has been compared to. If you feel this speed like affect, then you DO NOT HAVE ADD and unfortunately I cannot get what is medically necessary for me to take. Thank you to the drug abusers for affecting those who truly need it to function!!

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heyjude91
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Registered: May 2011
Posts: 1
Mon September 12, 2011 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: Boosted Organization, Wakes me up, reduced social anxiety, Stabilizes moods, Implosive ambitions, Completing tasks.
CONS: Insomnia, over focusing, major mood swings when it wears off, loss of apposite.

I am a twenty year old female and I have taken Adderal for seven years. It does what it is supposed to do.My grades increased in school. Helps me focus and complete tasks and helps organize how I do things and my surroundings. Although I tend to make things more complicated by over thinking. I have horrible insomnia from either taking it too late in the day or over focusing on the computer or other things. Experienced weight loss and then weight gain after the dosage leveled out. I worry about the physical side effects the amphetamines are doing to me and possible future medical conditions. Friends often joke about my behavior as being on meth or crack. It does what it's supposed to do but the side effects can easily become a problem and when mixed with other substances can easily be abused.

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saphirrain
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Registered: June 2011
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 26
Sun June 5, 2011 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $3.00| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: helps with concentration
CONS: addictive

works well but it's addictive and made me irritable

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spacemonkey36
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Registered: March 2011
Location: Washington State
Posts: 81
Sat March 19, 2011 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $6.30| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: Makes me feel "normal"
CONS: ??? No true generic-had brand copay on XR version & doesn't last all day

Makes my insomnia a bit worse, but not really too much-or intolerable. Only disappointed that brand substitution on the Adderall XR is available, so no "true" generic, and had to pay full copay for brand, although my copays aren't huge, I am on disability and everything has it's "ripple effect."

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babygirl2201028
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Registered: January 2011
Location: us
Posts: 179
Fri March 18, 2011 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $28.00| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: able to focus and slow keep bound my thoughts
CONS: shaky, nervousness, paranoia

got used to it and then stopped gained a lot of weight

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Wonderwice
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Registered: December 2010
Posts: 2
Sun December 26, 2010 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: Wakes you up in the morning, provides calming effects and less effort for concentration, give feeling of happieness, no crash
CONS: Resistance apparent when taking for long period of time, addictive, gives you jitters with no food, diziness upon standing

I have been taking this drug for about two years, now. I am now noticing that it does not provide the aids in many activities as it used to a year ago. Last year, I would do my homework, use my time wisely in class, wake up nicely, and stay quiet and respectable when the situation calls for it. Because I have been taking it for so long, I am noticing that it doesn't wake me up like it used to, my time management is getting progressively worse, I am beginning not to care so much about school, my grades have dropped a significant amount, and it no longer supresses my appitite. At first, it was great, and it still is considering that I would fail school due to my lack of ability to concentrate, but the effects do not last forever, even if the dosage is increased, unfortunatly. All in all, I would recommend it for those struggling to concentrating or behaving properly in school. Just don't be too reliant on it, because although it seems as if it does nearly everything after beginning the medicine, it will not last forever.

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Cattitude
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Registered: July 2010
Posts: 3
Fri July 16, 2010 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 9 

 
PROS: Increased focus, able to complete projects, increased concentration
CONS: headaches

I've been to therapist after therapist, psychiatrist after psychiatrist and the diagnosis of ADD was never even considered. I finally found a doctor who listened as well as observed and tested extensively. The XR version of this medication gave me headaches, but oddly the XR version of many meds give me headaches. I am on a high dose, 30 mg 3x a day. However I went from a complete inability to function, complete projects, assignments, work, etc... to functional and organized. Traumas since have made my life more difficult again but without this med, I can't begin to imagine the level of difficulty it could spiral into.

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phoenix47baby
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Registered: September 2009
Location: Southern California
Posts: 619
Tue December 1, 2009 Recommended? No | Total Spent: $15.00| Rating: 2 

 
PROS: gave an uplift in mood
CONS: created a type of psychosis

would never suggest it to anyone

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ledu
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Registered: October 2009
Thu November 19, 2009 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $10.00| Rating: 7 

 
PROS: increased patience, confidence, feel more calm, less anxiety, less anger
CONS: doesn't seem to help with focus, major appetite suppression, horrible breath, insomnia at first

I'm only 3 weeks into trying this med. Prescribed 10mg twice a day. Seems I can only take one 10mg pill once a day. One pill makes me feel good - calm, confident, patient, much less angry with a longer fuse, less incidence of snapping on people. However, the second dose, even if it's only half, makes me feel nervous and terrible for hours! I do not have ANY interest in eating whatsoever after taking it. Some days I can't bring myself to eat anything - but, on days I don't take it my appetite is entirely normal. Also, on days I take it my breath is HORRIBLE. However, that's the negative - here's the positive: after taking it within 30 mins I feel warm, confident, calm, patient (a huge improvement!), and my anger is significantly decreased. I have not noticed any improvement in focus/concentration - I am going to give it more time...

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phoenix47baby
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Registered: September 2009
Location: Southern California
Posts: 619
Tue November 17, 2009 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $45.00| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: definite stimulant effects
CONS: caused some hallucinations

gets one out of depression

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sneschalmers
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Registered: October 2009
Location: Chicago, IL
Posts: 54
Sat October 10, 2009 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 9 

 
PROS: It helps me concentrate and sit still
CONS: It used to cause dry mouth

Since the dry mouth side effect went away I have to say overall my experience with this medication has been excellent

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Registered: May 2009
Fri May 22, 2009 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $80.00| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: Increased concentration, able to think more clearly
CONS: Powerful appetite suppressant, lack of emotions and creativity

Initially Adderall gave me a euphoric, high feeling. I was able to concentrate for up to 8 hours non-stop after a single dose. Over time the effect started to wear off, and I had to increase my dose. I have been prescribed Adderall for almost a year, and now I am to the point where it does have a moderate effect on my ability to concentrate, but I am still prone to being distracted. Taking a few day break from Adderall seems to reduce my tolerance slightly.Adderall has always been a very powerful appetite suppressant for me, but recently I have been noticing that while taking Adderall I feel like my emotions are very neutral. I don't feel very happy or very sad, even at times when I should. I also feel like my creativity and sense of humor are greatly reduced while taking Adderall.

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braxton298
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Registered: May 2009
Mon May 11, 2009 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $10.00| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: intense concentration, usually makes me happy, more energy, decrease in appetite, exits body quickly and completely
CONS: decrease in appetite, dry mouth, occasionally jittery, temporary shrunken testicles, non-xr formula doesn't last long

i have tried concerta, vyvanse, ritalin and strattera and none of them work as well as adderall. it helps me focus, no matter what. as long as i don't take too much, or am too tired before i take it, i am rarely jittery. it is excellent for keeping me awake and giving me more energy.the only negatives are the decrease in appetite that causes intense crashes when it wears off (when you come down AND you haven't eaten it is not pleasant) and if i take it too late in the day i have trouble sleeping. oh and also, it increases your heart rate slightly, and as an adrenal response in men, it pulls up your testicles (as if you were cold). as soon as it wears off, they go back to normal, but it is kinda weird having them seem so small for a while. highly recommended.

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sarahe_21
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Tue April 14, 2009 Recommended? No | Total Spent: $90.00| Rating: 5 

 
PROS: Straight A's in school, much more organized, much less impulsive, much more motivated
CONS: Feel worried all the time, somewhat depressed, some stomach aches

I have been taking Adderall XR 30mg for about a month. I switched from Adderall XR 20mg after taking that for about a month because it stopped working (doctor said I might have built an immunity). I have decided that the side effects outweigh the positive effects by far and it is not worth taking it. I feel fine for the 1st 2 hours, then I start feeling really worried, and somewhat depressed and anxious. I can't stop asking myself what's wrong. I am normally really happy, I just don't do very good in school and I am very impulsive. I have been taking add meds since kindergarten (I'm 21). I mostly took ritalin the whole time. I know every drug effects everyone differently, and obviously amphetamine is going to make anyone more motivated and focused, but I honestly think Adderall is nearly as bad as smoking crack. I definitely need some kind of help with my schooling and my impulsivity, but it's not worth feeling like crap all the time! BUT it might work for some people since like I said it effects everyone differently, so I wouldn't say don't try it out, but I would suggest trying ritalin, concerta, maybe wellbutrin, or something a little less stimulating first. And be careful because it is addicting and you can get high off of it, and that's a hard place to get out of.

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kimianna
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Registered: February 2008
Sun July 20, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: Every aspect of life is better!
CONS: If anyone finds out you take it, expect it to get stolen.

I've been on adderall for 5 years, and it cured my depression. I have severe add it runs in my family, and adderall has saved my sanity. I can think clearly now!!

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lama44
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Registered: July 2008
Sat July 12, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $45.00| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: Great Focus, Good Energy, No bad COME-DOWNS
CONS: Loss of Appetite

I had been on Adderall for four years, until my doctor wanted to put me on Focalin. It made me feel high and I didn't like the effects on me.Also, it made me feel depressed, finally my good doctor put me back unto adderall and it made me feel a heck of alot better. It is a great product for ADHD if people don't abuse it.

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odineu
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Registered: May 2008
Fri May 16, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: Alterness, Ablility to Concentrate, Happiness
CONS: Easy to get Addicted to.

I take Adderal from a friend here and there to get me through a bad day. It makes me feel very happy, and lets me focus on things, I am also ten times more productive. The problem is that when I feel this way I want to keep feeling this way. So obviously it is easy to get addicted to if you aren't careful about how much you take. I would recommend this to anyone beyond those who get addicted easily.

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flowry
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Registered: March 2008
Mon March 24, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $10.00| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: more organized, really productive, head is clearer, feeling alert and energetic
CONS: Difficult to sleep -- effects wear off beyond 12 hours

Adderall has been great for me so far. I've been on it for 3 weeks for Bipolar II because of concentration and focus issues. Turns out I may have mild ADD as well. The drug is really helping me get more done and have a full, productive day. Before I would spend many hours in the evening in front of the TV, as if my brain was exhausted. I am feeling very alert now. I am hoping it will help some of the social anxiety I have had as well. The only problem is, I feel alert pretty much all the time. I have trouble sleeping without sleep aids, and often wake up way too early in the morning. I'd be curious to know if others who have experienced this --and if this side effect subsided with time.

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pushit555
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Registered: March 2008
Tue March 18, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: Solid concentration, increased confidence, able to articulate my thoughts and ideas more clearly
CONS: lasts too long, no appetite, come down is annoying but manageable

Ok so adderall is probably the most consistent drug in regards to effectiveness to side effects. With XR though, I am able to focus through out the day and its great, however, some days I just want the effects of it to stop. It's nice to feel focused and have clear thoughts, but it gets annoying with XR. I am always analyzing my situation and society in general when I’m doing something unrelated to school—or anything else for that matter that doesn’t distract my mind (like driving or relaxing on the computer) and sometimes, I just want the effects of adderall to end. Has anyone else had this problem and if you have, did u switch to the shorter acting adderall and did that help?

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MellyCat
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Registered: February 2008
Wed February 13, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 7 

 
PROS: enabled me to concentrate, helped overcome some social anxiety, greatly aided me during school and work
CONS: "high" feeling makes it addictive, continuously had to increase dosage to maintain effectiveness, makes relaxing very difficult, expensive

While Adderall worked, and quite well, for many years, as my body became more and more accustomed to it, I required higher doses. I found myself wanting to take another dose as soon as the initial high feeling wore off. I was on Adderall and eventually Adderall XR for almost 8 years and decided after much concern over being too dependent on it (and the increased cost due to both increased dosage and then lack of health insurance) to give something else (Vyvanse) a try. If well managed and carefully monitored, Adderall can be a very beneficial medication to treat ADD and ADHD.

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erikka91
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Registered: January 2008
Fri January 25, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: organization booster, keeps you awake, multi-tasking
CONS: dehydration, major loss of sleep & weight, isolation, mood ups & downs

*cocaine in a pill*

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Barbarian
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Registered: November 2007
Fri November 30, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: One of the best drugs to treat ADHD; has a smooth release mechanism which reduces feelings of depression; increases bodily energy tremendously; if you're pressed for time in terms of school, then this drug's for you.
CONS: Extremely addictive; easy tendency to develop tolerance; causes dehydration.

One of the best drugs to treat ADHD. It is known for decreasing the amount of "ups-and-downs" that you commonly experience with methylphenidate drugs, such as Ritalin (the worst drug for ADHD). It is extremely effective in shutting your mouth up as well helping your focus. In the initial time that you take it, you might experience "hyper-focus". Trust me, this will end quickly (within a week or two). You'll then develop tolerance and lose the effectiveness it once portrayed. The addictiveness starts when you feel like increasing your dosage to achieve the same effect you experienced when first taking it.

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Treading_Water
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Registered: August 2007
Fri August 3, 2007 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 7 

 
PROS: A godsend at first -- makes you superhuman
CONS: Eventually levels off, but you are hooked

I am conflicted about whether to recommend. If I had it to do over again, I wish I never heard of this drug. When I first went on it, it was amazing. The world was bright, I had amazing drive, I lost weight -- life was good! Over the years, I slowly drifted back to my "default" position. Now I have to take just to get to where I was. I still have significant blocks of time where I just cannot pull it together. I would say that my thoughts are better connected, but as far as allowing me to get things done -- eventually no better than when I started. And I worry a lot about the long-term effects. They tell you there is no concern, but come one, taking amphetamines for a decade plus? I try to get off and my mind fragments -- I can't get off it. All of that said, there may indeed be some who really need this. I may be marginally better off, but not worth the ball and chain.

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Gymratdeb
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Registered: July 2007
Sat July 7, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: calm feeling; mind seems clearer; more organized and focused; weight loss
CONS: Very thirsty the first two weeks; after that, none

I am 49 years old and have been taking Adderall for four months. What a positive difference it has made in my life! I'm often wish I had known about it when I was younger. The biggest impact it has made in my life is my mind is calmer. I also no longer make irrational decisions which used to happen because of feeling overwhelmed when confronted in making a decision. I now actually finish projects, again without that feeling of being so overwhelmed. I can also read books again without feeling the words are just jumbled. Except for the first couple of weeks when I was extremely thirsty, I haven't had any negative side effects. It didn't effect my sleep at all. I was very cautious in the beginning when I drank coffee because I was afraid it would give me the jitters. But those fears have been unfounded. Of course, the best fringe benefit has been the weight loss. I have only been losing about a pound a week, but it is coming off without any anxiety. Like I said, it has made such a positive difference in my life. Even my husband cannot believe the changes in my personality.

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khenry75
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Registered: June 2007
Posts: 1
Fri June 22, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $0.10| Rating: 7 

 
PROS: Increased focus & attention, better organization, increased energy.
CONS: Amplified tics and supressed appetite.

I am currently on the maximum dosage for Adderall (60mg: 20mg 3x/day). I think this is due to the fact that I take lithium as well (I also have bipolar disorder), which can reduce the effect of Adderall. I have yet to be as alert, focused and organized as I was in the very first week of taking Adderall, but I am still seeing a difference in my daily life. I have had some minor tics throughout the years, off and on, however this medication has brought them back and intensified them. Also, I was 116 lbs when I first started Adderall, and after that I was down to 100 lbs due to the suppressed appetite from this drug. I am now up to 106 and am still trying to gain weight. It doesn't help that I am home all day with 2 highly energetic and curious toddlers - sometimes I forget to eat because of them, but with Adderall I don't get that eventual hunger pang that would normally remind me to eat. Overall, I think the pros outweigh the cons with Adderall.

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nibbanalice
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Registered: May 2007
Thu May 24, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 9 

 
PROS: calms you down, concentrate better, better sleep
CONS: nausea

Good medicine. But it increases my appetite, makes me sleep more at night and sometimes take a nap. Calms me down. Feel less depressed. Can read better. Can see better. It stops me from talking too much and pay attention. Too small and don't like the colour but it's fine. Definitely improved my sleep and productivity. My room's organized now.

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Zeemee
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Registered: May 2007
Location: Southern CA
Posts: 17
Fri May 18, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: able to focus, complete tasks, reduce impusiveness, prioritize in life
CONS: I have had no problems w/this medication, w/out RX coverage, this medication costs well over $100

Adderall allows me to have a reasonably normal life, it has stopped my running around from task to task, not finishing anything. It stops the procrastination and the inability to finish/complete the basic things I need to do in life. My mind is focused and doesn't feel like a squirrel cage. I don't rock back and forth like a whirling dervish. I no longer feel like the Energizer bunny 24/7. My ADHD was so bad that I was told that I was in constant motion, even while sleeping. My life is better with it. Ritalin helped me too but I have not tried any other meds for my severe ADHD. The cost is prohibitive for those with out prescription coverage.

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lostinthemix
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Registered: March 2007
Location: Alabama
Tue March 20, 2007 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 1 

 
PROS: It helped me focus before the headache set in (a few days).
CONS: headache, nervousness

It gave me the worst headache I have ever had from a med, I could not get rid of it until I stopped taking it. It also made me too jittery. I thought this was a great med before my brain felt like it was going to explode.

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pinacolada
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Registered: February 2007
Sun February 25, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 7 

 
PROS: definitely improved organization, concentration and ambition, long lasting, multitasking mastered
CONS: addicting, severe anxiety, suppression of emotion, obsession with perfection

Although This drug is addicting, it;s seems to be the best treatment for Adhd. For me I felt more confident in my skills in the workplace. Adderall also alowed me to remember all the priorties for errands to sucessfully take care of my family. I tackeled my projects with ambtion instead of frustration of not knowing where to start. However it stifled my emotions and sense of humor. Like A Robot Living only to perform routine deeds. I found myself trying to perfect everything around me and became insenstive to others.

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joan2
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Registered: January 2007
Fri January 26, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: functioning, completing tasks, emotional control, less impulsivity.
CONS: some dulling of emotions

I have recurrent major depression and dysthmia, and both are treatment-resistant (for me). In addition to psychotherapy, this medication helps me to stay functiong and productive even when the antidepressants stop working. It is especially helpful with my reading and writing. I recommend it for people whose depression is severe and refractory if it is monitored by a physician and accompanied by psychotherapy. Since I have started using it I no longer drink. I also have ADD, and adderall is essential for that as well.

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