Adderall side effects


Adderall side effects :
a look at Purpose, Interactions and Warnings

Adderall is a combination of dextroamphetamine and amphetamine used as part of a total treatment program for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It works in the brain to decrease the hyperactivity of patients with this disorder.

This medicine is also used to treat narcolepsy, a condition in which people fall asleep at inappropriate times, such as when driving or eating. The drug works by causing stimulation in the brain, making it easier to stay awake. People with normal sleep patterns should not use this medication to stay awake.

Special Warning about Adderall side effects

According to The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), "The combination of dextroamphetamine and amphetamine is an addictive drug. People often become dependent on dextroamphetamine and amphetamine after using it for long periods of time. To avoid this, keep all appointments with your doctor and use dextroamphetamine and amphetamine only as directed. Also, do not give your medicine to anyone else Your doctor should check your progress at regular visits to make sure that this medicine does not cause unwanted effects."

If you will be taking this medicine in large doses for a long time, do not stop taking it without first checking with your doctor . Your doctor may want you to reduce gradually the amount you are taking before stopping completely.

This medicine may cause some people to feel a false sense of well-being or to become dizzy, lightheaded, or less alert than they are normally. Make sure you know how you react to this medicine before you drive, use machines, or do anything else that could be dangerous if you are dizzy or are not alert.

Before you have any medical tests, tell the medical doctor in charge that you are taking this medicine. The results of the metyrapone test may be affected by this medicine.

If you have been using this medicine for a long time and you think you may have become mentally or physically dependent on it, check with your doctor. Some signs of dependence on amphetamines are:

  • A strong desire or need to continue taking the medicine.
  • A need to increase the dose to receive the effects of the medicine.
  • Withdrawal effects (for example, mental depression, nausea or vomiting, stomach cramps or pain, trembling, unusual tiredness or weakness) occurring after the medicine is stopped.

Observed Adderall side effects

Along with its needed effects, there may be unwanted Adderall side effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention. Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur:

More Commonly Observed

Irregular heartbeat

Rarely Observed

Chest pain; fever, unusually high; skin rash or hives; uncontrolled movements of head, neck, arms, and legs.

With long-term use or high doses

Difficulty in breathing; dizziness or feeling faint; increased blood pressure; mood or mental changes; pounding heartbeat ; unusual tiredness or weakness.

Other Adderall side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These Adderall side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. However, check with your doctor if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome:

More Commonly Observed

False sense of well-being; irritability ; nervousness; restlessness ; trouble in sleeping. After these stimulant effects have worn off, drowsiness, trembling, unusual tiredness or weakness, or mental depression may occur.

Less Commonly Observed

Blurred vision; changes in sexual desire or decreased sexual ability; constipation; diarrhea; dizziness or lightheadedness ; dryness of mouth or unpleasant taste; fast or pounding heartbeat; headache ; increased sweating; loss of appetite; nausea or vomiting; stomach cramps or pain; weight loss.

After you stop using this medicine, your body may need time to adjust. The length of time this takes depends on the amount of medicine you were using and how long you used it. During this period of time check with your doctor if you notice any of the following Adderall side effects: Mental depression; nausea or vomiting ; stomach cramps or pain; trembling; unusual tiredness or weakness.

Other Adderall side effects not listed above may occur also in some patients. If you notice any other effects check with your doctor.

Sources : The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and the United States Pharmacopeia (USP)


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