Adderall is a medication used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. It is a central nervous system (CNS) stimulant that belongs to the phenethylamine class. Adderall is composed of four different amphetamine salts mixed together to create a synergistic effect.
The most common side effects are insomnia, dry mouth, loss of appetite, weight loss, anxiety, and irritability. Adderall can also cause more serious side effects, such as heart problems, high blood pressure, and psychosis.
Adderall is available in both tablet and capsule form. The usual starting dose for adults with ADHD is 5 mg once or twice a day. The dose may be increased by 5 mg increments at weekly intervals until the desired effect is achieved.
Adderall should not be taken with monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs), as this can cause a dangerous reaction. Adderall also interacts with a variety of other medications, so it is important to talk to a doctor or pharmacist before starting Adderall.
Pregnancy and Breastfeeding:
Adderall is not recommended for use during pregnancy, as it can cause birth defects. Adderall is also not recommended for use while breastfeeding, as it can pass into breast milk and cause adverse effects in nursing infants.
Adderall is a commonly abused medication, particularly by college students, as it can increase alertness and productivity. Adderall abuse can lead to addiction, heart problems, and psychosis. Adderall should only be used as prescribed by a doctor.