Adderall is a psychostimulant used to treat ADHD and narcolepsy.
Adderall is a central nervous system stimulant. This prescription drug stimulates the production of chemicals in the brain called neurotransmitters.
What is Adderall?
Adderall is a Psychostimulant made from a combination of Dextroamphetamine and Amphetamine. It increases the production of dopamine and norepinephrine in the brain. It also acts as both a Dopamine Reuptake Inhibitor and a Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitor, which means the neurotransmitters remain in the brain longer.
What is Adderall Used For?
Adderall is typically prescribed to people with narcolepsy and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It helps people with narcolepsy stay awake during desired hours and helps people with ADHD focus, exhibit impulse-control and control excessive physical activity.
What Are Potential Side Effects of Adderall?
You may experience some of these side effects:
Difficulty falling asleep
Change in libido
Loss of desire to eat
Most of the above-mentioned side effects are not considered serious unless they become severe.
However, there are several serious side effects attributed to Adderall. Contact your doctor if you experience any of the following:
A limb goes numb
A swollen face, throat or tongue
Who Should Use Adderall?
Adderall is ideal for children and adults who have ADHD or narcolepsy and are relatively healthy. This medication can help restore serenity and ability to concentrate, helping you to remain on task and maintain self control with impulses and physical activity. If you have narcolepsy, it can help you stay awake and concentrate during your waking hours.
Who Should Not Use Adderall?
Selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam)
The combination of Adderall and MAO inhibitors can result in potentially fatal side effects.
You should also not take this drug if you are allergic to stimulants such as:
There are several vitamins, supplements, over-the-counter medications and prescription medications that can interfere with Adderall or, when taken with Adderall can result in negative or even serious side effects. Be sure to tell your doctor about all vitamins, supplements, over-the-counter and prescription medications you are taking. While this list is not all-inclusive, the following is a list of medications that you must mention to your doctor before taking Adderall:
Alpha Blockers of any sort
Medications used to treat high blood pressure
Medications for seizures
Supplements containing glutamic acid
Some health conditions can be exacerbated by Adderall. Talk to your doctor before using this medication if you have any of the following medical conditions:
Problems with anxiety
If you have irregular heartbeat, a Heart Defect, or have been diagnosed with Hardening or the Arteries, you should be aware that some patients with heart problems have had heart attacks when taking Adderall. Because Adderall increases blood pressure, you should beware of the possibility of blindness if you have glaucoma.
Those who have struggled with Addictions in the past should be cautioned regarding the addictive nature of Adderall. This drug impacts the brain’s mesolimbic reward pathways, making it a highly addictive substance. As a result, the FDA has classified this as a controlled substance.
Helpful Links For Those Interested in Adderall
Check out this forum discussing the treatment of ADHD: http://adderall.org/
Check out this government evaluation of Adderall: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0000166
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