What is Adderall?
Adderall is a combination of two central nervous system stimulant medications used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder-ADHD. It works by increasing norepinephrine and dopamine, two naturally occurring chemicals in the brain that speed up brain activity and can help improve attention, focus, and behavior control. It may also assist in organizing tasks and enhancing listening skills.
This medication is also effective in treating narcolepsy, a sleep disorder that causes extreme daytime drowsiness. However, it should not be used to treat mild fatigue or tiredness or to keep individuals awake who do not have a sleep disorder.
How to use Adderall tablets?
Read the medication guide provided with the prescription before taking Adderall tablets and each time you refill it. If you have any doubts, consult your doctor or pharmacist.
Take Adderall tablets with or without food as directed by your doctor, usually 1-3 times a day. The first dose is typically taken in the morning upon waking up. If additional doses are prescribed, take them 4-6 hours apart or as directed by your doctor. Taking this medication late in the day may cause sleep disturbances.
The dosage of the medication depends on the patient’s medical condition and response to treatment. Your doctor may adjust your dose to find the most suitable one for you.
Your doctor may also periodically stop the medication to assess any changes in your behavior or determine if the medication is still necessary.
If you abruptly stop taking Adderall, you may experience withdrawal symptoms such as sleep problems, mood changes, and severe tiredness. To manage these symptoms, your doctor may gradually reduce your dose. Inform your doctor immediately if you experience any withdrawal symptoms.
Long-term use of generic Adderall may result in reduced effectiveness. If you find that the medication is not helping you, consult your doctor.
What are Adderall’s side effects?
It is important to note that your doctor has prescribed Adderall tablets because the benefits outweigh the risks of potential side effects. Many people do not experience any side effects.
Possible side effects include loss of appetite, weight loss, dry mouth, stomach upset or pain, dizziness, headache, diarrhea, fever, nervousness, and trouble sleeping. If any of these symptoms persist or worsen, promptly inform your doctor.
Adderall may also increase blood pressure, so it is advisable to monitor it regularly. Inform your doctor if your blood pressure readings are high.
Contact your doctor immediately if you experience any serious side effects such as changes in mood, behavior, or sexual desire, prolonged erections in males, irregular heartbeat, signs of blood flow issues in the fingers or toes, blurred vision, slurred speech, or confusion.
While rare, a severe allergic reaction to Adderall may occur. If you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, seek immediate medical assistance. This is not an exhaustive list of all possible side effects. If you notice any unusual symptoms, contact your doctor right away.
What precautions should you follow while taking Adderall?
Before taking this medication, inform your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it or if you have any other allergies. Adderall may contain inactive ingredients that can cause allergic reactions or other problems.
Discuss your medical history with your doctor before using this medication, especially if you have certain mood or mental conditions, heart problems or a family history of heart problems, high blood pressure, a history of stroke, an overactive thyroid, seizures, a personal or family history of substance use disorder, a personal or family history of uncontrolled muscle movements, kidney disease, or liver disease.
This drug may cause dizziness. Avoid driving, operating machinery, or engaging in activities that require alertness until you can do so safely. Limit alcohol consumption and consult your doctor if you use marijuana.
Children are more susceptible to the side effects of this drug, particularly weight loss. Your doctor may recommend temporarily discontinuing the medication from time to time to reduce the risk.
Older adults may be more sensitive to Adderall’s side effects, especially chest pain, trouble sleeping, or weight loss.
During pregnancy, use this medication only when necessary and after discussing the risks and benefits with your doctor. Adderall passes into breast milk and may have undesirable effects on infants. Therefore, breastfeeding is not recommended while using this drug. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.
Store Adderall at room temperature, away from light and moisture. Keep all medications out of reach of children and pets. Properly dispose of expired or no longer needed medication by consulting a local waste disposal company.
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember in the morning. If it is late in the afternoon or close to