Brand Names: Adderall, Adderall XR
It works by restoring the balance of certain neurotransmitters in the brain. It may also treat the sleeping disorder narcolepsy, but should not be used to treat tiredness.
Side effects: Can cause dizziness, headache, diarrhea, fever, nervousness, and trouble sleeping may occur. It may also raise your blood pressure.
Pregnancy: Amphetamines has been assigned by the FDA to pregnancy category C. Animal studies have revealed evidence of embryotoxicity (injury to the embyro) and teratogenicity (capability of producing congenital anomalies). Mothers dependant on amphetamines have a higher chance of giving birth to infants with low birth weight and premature delivery. The infants may experience symptoms of withdrawal including dysphoria, agitation, weakness, and exhaustion.
Intake: For ADHD, in patients 6 years old or older, intake 5 mg once or twice daily. The daily dosage may be modified with increments of 5 mg at weekly intervals until optimal response is obtained. For narcolepsy, in patients 12 years old or older, intake 10 mg daily; daily dosage may be raised 10 mg at weekly intervals until optimal response is obtained.
Take Adderall exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Misuse can cause death or serious side effects to the heart.
Missed dose/Overdose: Amphetamines should be administered at the lowest effective dosage, and dosage should be individually adjusted according to the therapeutic needs and response of the patient. Late evening doses should be avoided because of the resulting insomnia.
Avoid: Using adderall if you have glaucoma, overactive thyroid, severe agitation, moderate to severe high blood pressure, heart disease or coronary artery disease, or a history of drug or alcohol addiction. In addition, do not use adderall if you have taken an MAO inhibitor in the past 14 days, including isocarboxazid, linezolid, methylene blue injection, phenelzine, rasagiline, selegiline, tranylcypromine, and others.