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Adderall (amphetamine mixed salts)

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

Drug Class: Amphetamine-like Drugs




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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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 Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed.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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    • 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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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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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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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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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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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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Registered: December 2006
Location: Ohio, United States
Posts: 69
Sun December 31, 2006 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $1.80| Rating: 10 

PROS: Helps me focus, Helps me get up in the morning even when I wonder if I can face the day, I feel less mentally exhausted, I feel happier
CONS: If anything, it takes a little longer to kick in than other medications I've taken

I've been taking adderall for about 5 months or so for my ADD. I've also tried Straterra, Concerta, and Ritalin, but I like Adderall the best of those.It surprises me how much I hear about side effects from this drug, especially because I have never really experienced any. The only time, I had any problems at all, was when I first started taking it. I'm sure my body was trying to adjust to the new medication (switch from concerta to adderall) and for two nights, I got about 5 hours of sleep and felt great (which pretty much doesn't ever happen lol). I felt fine even then because I was happy and feeling productive. Part of me was weary that it may be a bad thing if this sleep cycle continues too long. But after that 2 days, my sleep cycle went back to normal and my body adjusted. The hardest time for me to take it is in the early morning, when I'm hardly motivated enough to wake up and take it. But once I do, I feel so much better. I've had to put it by my bed with something to drink so that I can make it as easy as possible to take when I feel like I can't do anything yet (seriously, this place sucks - do not buy from them) pared to other ADD drugs, I'd say this one has less of a drop off when medicine loses effect. I still take my meds at 2 times a day, to anticipate the drop before it can happen. But with other meds, such as concerta, I could feel much more of a sudden low, when my medicine had worn off. Adderall seems to fade away much more quietly. Adderall also seems to give me more of a boost in energy, which I definetly appreciate. I loved the way I felt when on concerta, but I would often let my happiness fill my dreams and prefer to sleep. With adderall I'm happier because I feel more productive and less sluggish.So I definetly recommend it to someone who has ADD/ADHD and is guided under a knowledgable psychiatrist.

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Registered: November 2004
Location: Northern California
Posts: 25
Wed December 27, 2006 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $130.00| Rating: 7 

PROS: Keeps me awake and focused
CONS: difficult sleeping

I have been taking adderal for a few years now and it has helped a great deal. Without it, unfortunately, I am listless, unfocused, groggy and unmotivated. It is way too expensive. Without health insurance it is simply unaffordable.

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Registered: December 2006
Location: California
Posts: 47
Fri December 22, 2006 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 1 

PROS: cannot give any positive input
CONS: caused a high feeling, disrupted thoughts, feelings of being out of control

I would be very careful with this medication due to its stimulant effect.

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Registered: September 2006
Mon December 11, 2006 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $0.15| Rating: 10 

PROS: Mental calm, reduced social anxiety, mood stabilizer
CONS: Physical jitters

Adderall IR has been amazing -- life changing.

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Registered: December 2006
Location: Merryland
Posts: 22
Tue December 5, 2006 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 9 

PROS: Helps me function while in school and when I try to do most tasks.
CONS: Way too expensive, can't sleep sometimes, and loss of appetite

I take 15mg twice a day Adderall XR. It helps me concentrate and pay attention in school. Normally I would just stare off into space and doing simple tasks either took a real long time to do them or I would end up forgetting to do them.Bad side of Adderall is it's way too expensive.

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Wed July 12, 2006 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

PROS: allows intense focus ability during day
CONS: can cause jitters, minor problems with sleep

I've used this for over a year, and it does the following: increases "energy" and focus during day, suppresses appetite, and in the slow relrease form, is quite tolerable. I don't think it's for everybody, just ADD symptoms although it is prescribed for extreme tiredness as well. For "calms" me may not for you.

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