Side Effects of Adderall
Adderall commonly displays are often less harsh than Ritalin’s. Many patients
report less “peaks and valleys” than Ritalin and less of a drop off
(withdrawal) than Ritalin. Ritalin also tends to cause more stomach
discomfort and tends to produce more moodiness than Adderall.
all Attention Deficit Disorder medication - Adderall included - has
potentially harmful side effects. Adderall is an amphetamine that
works on children in the same way amphetamines work on adults. Children
are subject to the same adverse Adderall side effects as adults using
amphetamines, with the most common amphetamine and Adderall side effects
being loss of appetite, weight loss and insomnia.
Adderall, a “cocktail” mixture of four different amphetamine salts, was
first developed about 20 years ago and marketed under the name Obetrol
for weight loss and diet control. In 1996 the FDA approved Adderall
for unrestricted use for treatment of Attention Deficit Disorder and
Adderall is quickly becoming a physician favorite to treat
parents must choice a prescription ADHD medication, Adderall and
Adderall XR is
generally a better choice for many reasons.
However, finding an effective
Adderall alternative is always the safest course of
Adderall last about six hours per dose and remains active in the body longer
than a dose of Ritalin. This longer acting dose alleviates the need for
school day dosing but will interfere with sleep if taking the Adderall
medication in the afternoon or evening hours.
most cases, the side effects Adderall are mild. However some Adderall side
effects, though rare, are life threatening. Parents need to be clear
about the benefits of Adderall medication as well as the potential
Adderall side effects of using these drugs before choosing to place
their child on prescription ADHD medication.
medication can be helpful in the short term in controlling Attention
Deficit Disorder symptoms but many doctors feel the potential
side effects should be carefully weighed before prescribing drugs like
Side Effects Adderall:
Side Effects Adderall include:
following are rare, less reported Side Effects Adderall:
pulse rate, elevated blood pressure
similarities to Ritalin hold, Adderall abuse can result in
one experiences Adderall side effects in exactly the same way. Parents
should immediately alert their child’s doctor to any Adderall side
juices can lower absorption of Adderall. Alkalinizing agents such as
Diamox heighten the absorption of Adderall medication. Thorazine,
lithium, and Haldol can decrease the effects of Adderall medication.
Tricyclic antidepressants may increase their levels when taken with
should note that serious, even fatal, Adderall medication interactions
can occur if Adderall is taken with MAO Inhibitors.
like Adderall can impair judgment and the ability to engage in
potentially hazardous activities like operating machinery, vehicles and
medication has a high potential for Adderall abuse as well as addiction.
like Adderall should be administered at the lowest effective dosage
and dosage should be individually adjusted to avoid Adderall abuse and
harmful Adderall side effects.
possible, Adderall medication should be stopped occasionally to
determine if there is sufficient need for continued Adderall medication
should also be noted that Adderall medication is not recommended for
children under 5 years of age since safety and effectiveness has not
been established in this age group.
Adderall is a reformulated version and close cousin of the ADHD medication
Dexedrine. Dextroamphetamine (Adderall, Dexedrine) is classified as
Schedule II controlled substance, a classification given to medical
drugs with the highest abuse potential and dependence profile.
Enforcement Agency data on methylphenidate (Ritalin, Conceta) and
amphetamine (Dexedrine, Adderall) shows that both have high abuse
liabilities. These substances are powerful stimulants and Adderall
abuse, along with Ritalin abuse, is extensive.
abuse can lead to marked tolerance, escalation in Adderall dosages
and addiction. Although the majority of Adderall abuse cases cited
pertain to adults, case studies also profile adolescents who abuse their
Adderall abuse reports students selling their Adderall medication to
friends and schoolmates. Because Dextroamphetamine (street name “dexies”)
can have a retail value in the high school parking lot, doctors often
avoid prescribing Adderall medication to teenagers.
respond differently to Adderall medication levels and dosages. While
toxic overdose symptoms are rare with doses of less than 15 mg, toxic
Adderall xr symptoms occasionally occur at Adderall medication doses as
low as 5 mg.
(Ritalin, Concerta) and amphetamine (Dexedrine, Adderall) abuse
produce behavioral and psychological effects similar to cocaine. The
Adderall side effects of Adderall abuse include marked aggression and
irritability, hyperactivity, and personality changes.
stopping Adderall after prolonged high dosage Adderall abuse results
in extreme fatigue and mental depression. The most severe, though rare,
Adderall side effects of Adderall abuse is psychosis. This Adderall
abuse side effect is often clinically indistinguishable from
methylphenidate and amphetamine use has also been linked to
abnormalities in brain development, similar to those found with
long-term cocaine use. Changes on the sleep EEG are also noted with
is natural for parents to question whether taking a powerful stimulant
like Adderall medication is in their child's best interest. Amphetamine
stimulants like Adderall are worrisome for many reasons –
predominately because of the potential for harmful Adderall side effects
and high potential for Adderall abuse.