Adderall is used to treat: Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Narcolepsy (recurrent spells of uncontrollable drowsiness and sleep) Adderall (mixed salts of a single-entity amphetamine product) typically improves attention span, increases the ability to follow directions, and decreases distractibility among children ages three and older. Adderall may also decrease impulsivity, stubbornness and aggression. Adderall is convenient for patients, parents, and caregivers, because it is effective for most patients when taken once or twice a day. Since it is a different mixture of amphetamine isomers, Adderall may help some individuals when other medications (such as Ritalin) have not proven effective.
When Will My Medication Start to Work?
The effects of Adderall can be felt after a few doses or even after the first dose. Often it takes additional time to achieve the full effect. This may require changes in dosing. Most people can achieve maximum benefit in 3 to 4 weeks.
Are There any Drug Interactions?
Taking more than one medication at a time may cause a negative or harmful reaction. However, never discontinue the use of any medication unless permission is given by your doctor. Be sure to tell your doctor if you are taking any other medications, including over-the-counter medications like aspirin, herbal remedies, and vitamins.
Any Other Important Information?
If you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or breastfeeding, discuss the potential risks of this or any medication with your doctor.
Stimulant medications such as Adderall have the potential of being abused; use caution when prescribing or taking this medication.
What are the Side Effects?
Remember that only some people will experience side effects, and that no one experiences side effects in exactly the same way. If you experience any side effects, contact your doctor or clinician right away and continue taking your medication.
The following list may not contain all the side effects associated with this medication:
Most common side effects
A loss of appetite & weight loss, insomnia, and headache
Infrequent side effects dry mouth, nausea
Rare side effects/risks tics, dizziness, irritability, stomach pain, increased heart rate, hallucinations
Are There any Drug Interactions?
Remember, always follow your physician's recommendations on how to take your medication. Even if you are taking one of the following substances, continue taking your medication as prescribed and consult your physician. Also, if you are taking any herbal remedies, vitamins, and/or over-the-counter medications, be sure to tell your physician.
The following section offers some, but not necessarily all, the possible drug interactions.
Do NOT take with MAO Inhibitors; serious, even fatal, interactions can occur. Do NOT take Adderall if you have taken an MAO Inhibitor in the past 14 days; at least 14 days must pass before you can take Adderall. Acidifying agents such as guanethidine, reserpine, and fruit juices can lower absorption of Adderall. Alkalinizing agents such as Diamox (acetazolamide) increase absorption of amphetamines. Tricyclic antidepressants may increase their levels when taken with Adderall. Thorazine (chlorpromazine), lithium, and Haldol (haloperidol) can blunt the effects of Adderall. Adderall increases the effects norepinephrine.