Adderall - Uses - Dosages - Side Effects - Precautions

Adderall: Frequently Asked Questions Answered

What Is Adderall?

Adderall is a stimulant drug and prescription medicine with a combination of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine. Adderall is from the medication group called stimulants. These stimulants are commonly used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. This medicine is considered the first line of defense in ADHD therapy. From several studies, Adderall use showed improvement in enhanced attention and focus, and reduced impulsive behaviors. Adderall is legal and is considered dangerous due to the high risk of dependency and abuse.

What Are The Uses Of Adderall?

Adderall is the combination of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine used to treat ADHD. Adderall changes certain natural chemicals from the brain and comes under the class of CNS stimulants. Amphetamine/dextroamphetamine combination helps increase the ability to pay attention, focus on activity, and control behavior problems. This medicine also helps to perform specific brain tasks and improve listening skills. Also, these stimulants treat sleeping disorders (narcolepsy).

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What Are The Side Effects Of Adderall?

The side effects of Adderall are:

  • Loss of appetite.
  • Weight loss.
  • Dizziness.
  • Headache.
  • Dry mouth.
  • Stomach upset/pain.
  • Fever.
  • Nervousness.
  • Nausea/vomiting.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Trouble sleeping. 

Inform your doctor if you observe any severe side effects, such as:

  • Signs of blood flow problems in the fingers/toes.
  • Unusual wounds on fingers/toes.
  • Changes in sexual ability/desire.
  • Frequent/prolonged erections (in males).
  • Uncontrolled movements.
  • Continuous chewing movements/teeth grinding.
  • Changes in mental/mood/behavior.
  • Outbursts of words/sounds.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Adderall

1. How Does Adderall Work In The Body?

Adderall (stimulant medication) is a combination of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine. This stimulant helps boost the effects of specific signals in your brain. Thus the ability to remain alert and concentrate increases with the influence of these stimulants. Adderall is a potent medication, and improper uses and dosages can cause serious side effects.

2. How To Stop Hair Loss From Adderall?

Below is a list of strategies to deal with hair loss while consuming Adderall:
Manage anxiety.
Reduce stress and avoid compulsive hair pulling.
Engage in a good hair care routine.
Test for nutrient deficiencies.
Consume nutritious meals and take multivitamins.
Look for a practitioner who deals with hair loss treatments.

3. Is Adderall Neurotoxic?

Adderall (a combination of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine) is a stimulant to treat ADHD, and its use has been in practice for long. Amphetamine has been used since the early twentieth century. This medication has high abuse potential and may cause neurotoxicity. If consumed in high amounts, the drug is neurotoxic because of the damage to the dopaminergic system due to drug disruption.

4. Who Needs Adderall Adults?

Adderall is a combination tablet approved for treating ADHD in children from the age of 3-years and above. It can also be used in the treatment of narcolepsy in 6-years-old children and above. Adderall (central nervous system stimulant) shows similar effects in non-ADHD patients. This combination medication can also be used in patients with depression as it increases alertness, energy, and attention.

5. Can Adderall Cause Headaches?

Adderall is a stimulant medication that has shown side effects like headaches and difficulty in sleeping. Headache is the second most common side effect of Adderall after increased blood pressure. Headaches are most often noticed if you take Adderall medication on an empty stomach or consume less water.

6. How Long Is Adderall Good For?

The Adderall stimulant medication works within 30 minutes and lasts for up to 5 to 7 hours. As Adderall is a prescription drug, it should be used per physician's instructions and primarily consumed in a year. After two or three years, the drug loses its potency, which is the primary risk of crossing the expiration date.

7. Is Adderall A Legend Drug?

Yes. Adderall is a legend drug that can be purchased only after having a prescription order. It is a stimulant medication that falls into the Schedule II category. This medication is legal and is considered dangerous due to the high risk of dependency and abuse. If a person distributes Adderall without a valid prescription, they may be charged with a criminal offense.

8. Can I Take Adderall If I Have Cancer?

Yes, it can be used in cancer patients. In several clinical notes, it was observed that dextroamphetamine in cancer patients had demonstrated marked or moderate improvement in depressive symptoms. Mood improvement was also seen chiefly in two days post-treatment with dextroamphetamine. There is very little evidence of amphetamine use in cancer patients.

9. Does Adderall Help With Anxiety?

Adderall does not help in stress management, anxiety, or depression. Adderall is a stimulant medication and a prescription drug intended to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. Adderall can sometimes cause serious side effects or may show addictive results, immediately contact your doctor if the side effects worsen.

10. Does Adderall Make You Angry?

Amphetamines abuse from Adderall may increase the risk of aggression and suicidal thoughts in patients taking it. If the abuse period is extended, the emotional aspect of withdrawal is also a noticeable side effect. The abuse of this medication can cause angry or violent outbursts. The side effects may include anger or irritability in patients.

Consult our experts at Yashoda Hospitals to get a medical opinion and get more information on this medication.



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