Adderall XR | amphetamine and dextroamphetamine (amphetamine salts)
Medication Class: Central Nervous System Stimulants
Approval date:October 2001
What is Adderall XR and how does it work
Adderall XR is a central nervous system (CNS) stimulant that increases the concentration of neurotransmitters (norepinephrine and dopamine) in the brain. The mechanism of action in ADHD is unknown. Adderall XR is a controlled substance (CII) because it can be abused or lead to addicition.
What does Adderall XR treat
How effective is Adderall XR
What are interesting facts about Adderall XR
How is Adderall XR dosed and administered
Adderall XR is administered without regards to meals. Capsules may be swallowed whole or the entire contents may be sprinkled into applesauce and consumed immediately. Adderall XR should be administered in the morning because it can cause insomnia (difficulty sleeping).
Children (6-12 years old): 10-30 mg daily
Adolescents (13-17 years old): 10-20 mg daily
Adults: 20-60 mg daily
What are the side effects of Adderall XR
Common: Headache, stomach ache, trouble sleeping, weight loss, dry mouth, fast heart beat, decreased appetite, nervousness, mood swings, dizziness.
Serious: Sudden death, stoke, heart attack, high blood pressure, depression, manic episodes, aggressive behavior or hostility, psychosis, seizures, addiction, withdrawal symptoms, growth suppression (longterm use), severe allergic reactions.
Adderall XR drug interactions
What is the cost of Adderall XR
$7-$12 per tablet
How to obtain prescription assistance for Adderall XR
For prescription assistance for Adderall XR visit Shire patient assistance program.
References:Adderall XRFDA Prescribing Information and Medication Guide
Author: Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD
This medication summary is for information only and is not a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment provided by a qualified healthcare provider.