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Adderall

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Adderall 10mg Tab
Teva Pharmaceuticals USA
Pill Identification: 10,dp  |  1 0,AD
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Adderall 10mg Tab
Teva Pharmaceuticals USA
Pill Identification: 10,dp  |  1 0,AD
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Adderall 20mg Tab
Teva Pharmaceuticals USA
Pill Identification: AD,dp  |  2 0,20
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Adderall 5mg Tab
Teva Pharmaceuticals USA
Pill Identification: AD,dp  |  5
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Adderall 30mg Tab
Teva Pharmaceuticals USA
Pill Identification: AD,dp  |  3 0,30
Overview Information on Adderall
Pharmacist Tip
Taking Adderall late in the day may cause you to have trouble sleeping.     
Adderall® is a prescription medicine used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, also known as ADHD. Adderall may also treat narcolepsy.

Adderall is a combination of the stimulants amphetamine and dextroamphetamine. Researchers believe stimulants help ADHD by possibly increasing levels of chemicals in the brain called neurotransmitters. These increases might help reduce inattention and hyperactivity.

Adderall treats narcolepsy by helping you stay awake during the day.

Adderall is used to treat both children and adults.

You may take Adderall with or without food. Doctors usually tell patients to take Adderall one to three times a day, about four to six hours apart.

Taking Adderall regularly helps you get the most benefit. Try to take Adderall at the same time each day to help you remember.

Your doctor may adjust your dosage or tell you to stop taking Adderall for a short time to see if your behavior changes and if you still need Adderall.

You may feel withdrawal symptoms when you stop taking Adderall. Your doctor may reduce your dose of Adderall gradually to help lessen withdrawal symptoms.

Adderall comes in tablets or a long-acting capsule form. You should store Adderall at room temperature.

Take Adderall extended-release capsules whole and do not break, chew, or open them. Breaking or opening the capsule may release too much of the medicine at one time.

Your doctor may prescribe Adderall as part of a treatment program to treat ADHD that includes counseling and special education.

If you miss your Adderall dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it's almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take the next dose at the regular time.

Taking Adderall may make you dizzy. It is recommended that you do not drive or operate machinery until you know how Adderall affects your body.

Adderall has not been studied in children younger than age 6. Adderall may affect your child's growth. Your child's doctor will check your child's height and weight often.

Let your doctor know if you or your child has heart problems, heart defects, high blood pressure, or a family history of heart problems. Heart-related problems reported with stimulants include:

  • Sudden death in patients with heart problems or heart defects
  • Stroke and heart attack in adults
  • Increased blood pressure and heart rate
Adderall may cause mental problems, such as new or worse behavior and thought problems, including increased aggressive or hostile behavior. People with bipolar disorder need special care when taking Adderall.

Adderall, when used by children and teens, may cause new psychotic symptoms, including hearing voices that are not real. It may also cause new manic symptoms. Let your doctor know if you or your child suffers from any mental problems or has a family history of bipolar illness, depression, or suicide.

Other serious side effects may include:

  • Slowing of growth in children
  • Seizures, especially if you have a history of seizures
  • Blurred vision or eyesight changes
Common side effects of Adderall may include:

  • Headache
  • Decreased appetite
  • Stomachache
  • Nervousness
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Mood swings
  • Dizziness
  • Weight loss
  • Dry mouth
  • Fast heartbeat
Let your doctor know if you experience any side effects.


Clinical Review by Jodi Grimm, RPh and Ann Ciemnoczolowski, MS, ELS on May 15, 2013
Adderall® is a prescription medicine used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, also known as ADHD. Adderall may also treat narcolepsy.

Adderall is a combination of the stimulants amphetamine and dextroamphetamine. Researchers believe stimulants help ADHD by possibly increasing levels of chemicals in the brain called neurotransmitters. These increases might help reduce inattention and hyperactivity.

Adderall treats narcolepsy by helping you stay awake during the day.

Adderall is used to treat both children and adults.

You may take Adderall with or without food. Doctors usually tell patients to take Adderall one to three times a day, about four to six hours apart.

Taking Adderall regularly helps you get the most benefit. Try to take Adderall at the same time each day to help you remember.

Your doctor may adjust your dosage or tell you to stop taking Adderall for a short time to see if your behavior changes and if you still need Adderall.

You may feel withdrawal symptoms when you stop taking Adderall. Your doctor may reduce your dose of Adderall gradually to help lessen withdrawal symptoms.

Adderall comes in tablets or a long-acting capsule form. You should store Adderall at room temperature.

Take Adderall extended-release capsules whole and do not break, chew, or open them. Breaking or opening the capsule may release too much of the medicine at one time.

Your doctor may prescribe Adderall as part of a treatment program to treat ADHD that includes counseling and special education.

If you miss your Adderall dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it's almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take the next dose at the regular time.

Taking Adderall may make you dizzy. It is recommended that you do not drive or operate machinery until you know how Adderall affects your body.

Adderall has not been studied in children younger than age 6. Adderall may affect your child's growth. Your child's doctor will check your child's height and weight often.

Let your doctor know if you or your child has heart problems, heart defects, high blood pressure, or a family history of heart problems. Heart-related problems reported with stimulants include:

  • Sudden death in patients with heart problems or heart defects
  • Stroke and heart attack in adults
  • Increased blood pressure and heart rate
Adderall may cause mental problems, such as new or worse behavior and thought problems, including increased aggressive or hostile behavior. People with bipolar disorder need special care when taking Adderall.

Adderall, when used by children and teens, may cause new psychotic symptoms, including hearing voices that are not real. It may also cause new manic symptoms. Let your doctor know if you or your child suffers from any mental problems or has a family history of bipolar illness, depression, or suicide.

Other serious side effects may include:

  • Slowing of growth in children
  • Seizures, especially if you have a history of seizures
  • Blurred vision or eyesight changes
Common side effects of Adderall may include:

  • Headache
  • Decreased appetite
  • Stomachache
  • Nervousness
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Mood swings
  • Dizziness
  • Weight loss
  • Dry mouth
  • Fast heartbeat
Let your doctor know if you experience any side effects.


Clinical Review by Jodi Grimm, RPh and Ann Ciemnoczolowski, MS, ELS on May 15, 2013

CVS Patient Statistics for Adderall
Usage by Age
19.38%
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44.94%
20to40_base
28.3%
40to60_base
7.38%
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Most Commonly Used By CVS Patients
Usage by Gender
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56.52%
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male_fill_graph
43.48%
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