Adderall, a medication used to treat ADHD known as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder & narcolepsy. It is a combination of central nervous system stimulants amphetamine & dextroamphetamine. Adderall helps to increase focus ability, pay attention & control behaviour. It is also used for off label purpose as study pill. There are frequent occurrences of adverse events even at doctor recommended dosage. Adderall has growing negative effects among ADHD patients, adults as well as children.
Adderall enters the central nervous system after being absorbed into bloodstream & taken up by neurons into brain. This drug then targets the storage area of the brain which holds dopamine & adrenaline which gets released at time of stress, excitement & focus. The result is increased heart rate, blood pressure, higher energy level, alertness. It is an effective drug for short term use but it also has some side effects risks.
Available in 2 forms, Adderall and Adderall XR. For ADHD both forms are suitable. Adderall can have some negative effects even when you are using it as prescribed by your doctor. The effects included are trouble in sleeping, restlessness, increased blood pressure, cardiac issues as well as weight loss. There is less risk of addiction when it is taken as prescribed, but if taken for euphoric effect the risk of abuse is enhanced due to increased dopamine in brain.
It is a medication having high potential for abuse therefore its supply is limited even in countries where it is legally available by prescription. But prescribing adderall to children is still a big concern. In UK doctors are strictly advised not to prescribe adderall to children less than 5 years of age. It can be prescribed only if there are no other options available. In some countries adderall is completely banned even for prescription use.
During the use of adderall, depression & hostility are long term effects which occur due to high levels of neurotransmitters in brain. It may inhibit growth in children due to stimulant property such as appetite suppression.
How to use Adderall
When you get your medication always check with your pharmacist at drugstore as for drug information pharmacist is an expert to guide & advise you about the risks involved. Adderall may be habit forming & should only be used by person to whom it has been prescribed. It may cause trouble sleeping when taken late in the day. Only your doctor can adjust your dose that is best for you. It should be taken only as prescribed by the doctor. Follow all directions carefully. It must not be taken in larger or smaller amounts than recommended. Also not be taken for longer periods than the recommended duration. To see if there are any changes in your behaviour your doctor may stop the medication for short period of time.
It may increase heart problem, blood pressure, depression, bipolar disorder
For elderly people medical experts do not know whether adderall is safe. Ask your doctors if older than 65 years for other options which might be safer for you.