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Adderall | amphetamine and dextroamphetamine (amphetamine salts)

Medication Class: Central Nervous System Stimulants
Manufacturer: Barr Laboratories
Approval date: Janaury, 1960

What is Adderall and how does it work

Adderall 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 is a controlled substance (CII) because it can be abused or lead to addiction. This is the immediate release formulation of Adderall.

What does Adderall treat

  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
  • Narcolepsy

How is Adderall dosed and administered

Adderall tablets should be administered during the waking hours to avoid insomnia; avoid late evening administration. Separate multiple daily doses by 4-6 hours.


Children (5-3 years old): 2.5-40 mg orally daily

Children (6 years and older): 5-40 mg orally daily

Adults: 5-40 mg orally daily


5-60 mg orally daily

What are the side effects of Adderall

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, abuse and addiction,withdrawal symptoms, growth suppression (longterm use), severe allergic reactions.

Adderall drug interactions

  • Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOI) (e.g., tranylcypromine, Zyvox)
  • Antacids
  • Blood pressure reducing medications
  • Antidepressants
  • Lithium

References:Adderall FDA Prescribing Information


Related Articles: Adderall XR    Adderall Shortage


This medication summary is for information only and is not a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment provided by a qualified healthcare provider.


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