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What Is Adderall

Adderall is a medication used to treat narcolepsy and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or commonly known as ADHD. Adderall includes amphetamine and dextroamphetamine. It affects the nervous system and controls hyperactivity. People who suffer from ADHD have trouble sitting still for a long while and focusing their attention on the same tasks. They are known to have impulsive behavior. Furthermore, narcolepsy is a sleeping disorder, it causes excessive sleeping (sleep paralysis) triggered by showing strong emotion.

In what dosage should Adderall be taken?

Children below 3 years of age are not allowed to take this medicine. For children aged 3 to 5 years. 2.5 mg should be taken every day. It should be raised by 3.5 mg every week until the doctor prescribes to end it. For children aged 6 and older, 5 mg should be taken every day with a raise of 5 mg every week until the doctor asks to stop. For narcolepsy, the dosage can vary from 5mg to 60 mg per day in divided portions. Children who are taking this medicine should regularly get their weight and blood levels checked. It should be stored in a warm and dry place, it should be kept above the reach of children, and should not be consumed without the prescription of a doctor.

Usage of Adderall:

Usually, doctors prescribe 5 mg tablets twice a day to adults and children both. It can go up to 30 mg depending on the patient. It should be taken twice or thrice a day. The first dose should be taken when you wake up and then the rest with six-hour gaps. It is preferred to have the first one early in the morning as it may cause difficulty in sleeping. Your doctor may stop your dosage for a week to see if the ADHD symptoms are gone or not. If you miss a dose, take it when you remember. Do not take it if it is almost evening. Do not take a double dose to cover up the missed dose. Your body takes a month or two, to get used to this medicine. It is possible that you might not get a good night’s sleep for two months after starting the medicine. After that, however, your body does get used to it. Make sure not to take the medicine after your ADHD is treated as it is addictive and might be hard to stop using.

Two different types of Adderall:

Adderall comes in two forms. One is the Adderall IR (Immediate Release) which is an orange-colored tablet and has to be taken after every five to six hours. However, Adderall XR (Extended Release) is a capsule and it has to be taken after ten to twelve hours. Adderall XR has a long-lasting effect. Adderall IR starts working within 20 to 30 minutes of consumption and it is most effective after 1-2 hours. However, Adderall XR starts working after 30 minutes and has a long-lasting effect. So, 20 mg of Adderall XR is comparable to taking 10 mg of Adderall IR twice in a period of 5 hours.

Side effects caused by Adderall:

Like any other medication, Adderall comes with its pros and cons. On one hand, it helps treat ADHD, and on the other, it has quite a few side effects. Aggression, restlessness, insomnia, dizziness, headaches, diarrhea, weight loss, anxiety, mood swings, fast heart rate, teeth grinding, stomachache, decrease in appetite, and dry mouth are some common examples. More serious side effects include numbness, discoloration, or change in color of skin, chest pain, fatigue, and trouble in breathing are also observed in patients. Blurry vision and twitching of muscles are also seen. Episodes of psychotic rage and hallucinations are also observed in some children. If any such thing happens, a doctor has to be contacted immediately.

Who should not use Adderall?

If someone has high blood pressure or they suffer from any heart condition, the doctor should be told beforehand. Increased blood pressure/ heart rate, strokes, and sudden deaths of people with heart problems have been reported. Anyone who has hyperthyroidism should not take this medicine. If someone is already suffering from severe anxiety and depression then this medication is not suited for them. The doctor should know about all the other medications the patient is consuming, to avoid any side effects. If someone has

taken an MAO inhibitor in the last 14 days they should NOT take Adderall. If the patient suffers from epilepsy, seizures, or Tourette's syndrome then the doctor should be informed before taking the medication readmore.

Can Adderall have counter effects if taken with any other medicine?

If you are taking cold or allergy medicine, medicine for thinning of the blood. Seizure medicine, Antidepressants, or if you are on blood pressure medications, you should avoid Adderall. Consult your doctor before taking Adderall as it can have counter-reactions if taken with any of these medications. People who have a history of substance abuse are preferred not
to take this medicine. It can be extremely addictive and hard to stop consuming especially if you have a history of drug abuse. Overdosing on Adderall can prove to be fatal. If someone overdoses on Adderall, medical
attention should be sought immediately.

Although, Adderall helps treat ADHD. However, it is a medicine that can be very addictive and prove to be bad for people already struggling with drug abuse. It can be bad if you suffer from some other conditions. The bottom line
is, that it should not be consumed without a doctor’s prescription. The doctor should be told about all and any health conditions of the patient. If the patient experiences any allergic reactions such as swelling, redness, pain, etc. the
medicine should be stopped immediately and the doctor should be contacted.