What is Adderall?
Adderall is a combination of dextroamphetamine and amphetamine, used for the treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. It can also be prescribed off-label as a study, weight loss, or performance enhancement drug. The FDA has not approved this drug for use by anyone under the age of twelve years old. In some states, it may only be given to individuals over the age of sixteen. Adderall works on chemicals in your brain that controls what you do and what you feel about what you do. It is very effective at helping people who have a certain chemical made too little but its effectiveness varies from person to person. When taken as prescribed it is fairly safe but like any drug it can cause dependency, especially if taken in high doses or by people who do not need the medication.
Adderall is used primarily to treat attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. Prescribed for ADHD, this medication also has been prescribed off-label as a study or weight loss drug. In some states, individuals under the age of twelve may only be given Adderall with permission from a doctor, but those over 16 can receive it without a prescription. Adderall works on what your body produces to control what you do and what you feel about what you do so it is very effective for those with too little of a certain chemical. When taken as prescribed it is fairly safe but like any drug it can cause dependency, especially when high doses or when not needed.
Side effects of Adderall
Adderall use has adverse side effects, the most common being difficulty sleeping. Other serious side effects include cardiovascular complications such as increased blood pressure or stroke, psychosis or mental illness, seizures, anaphylaxis, and dangerously high body temperature. Side effects that are considered less serious include anxiety, weight loss due to suppressed appetite, allergic reactions like hives, trouble urinating due to enlarged prostate ducts, and eye twitches. When taken at higher doses it can cause seizures which is why people with epilepsy should not take Adderall. It may reduce fertility in men but what impact it could have on women’s fertility is unknown. It can also lead to addiction for those without ADHD who do not need it.
Adderall use has side effects many of which are not serious, including trouble sleeping and weight loss. It may also lead to cardiovascular complications such as high blood pressure or stroke, psychosis or mental illness, seizures, anaphylaxis, and dangerously high body temperature. When taken at higher doses it can cause seizures which is why people with epilepsy should not take Adderall. It may reduce fertility in men but what impact it could have on women’s fertility is unknown.
Other than addiction risk what other risks does Adderall pose? What type of person might be most at risk for these side effects?
Adderall poses the risk of adverse future health conditions like heart disease or liver problems. It also poses potentially fatal respiratory problems to people with breathing difficulties, heart problems, or asthma. It can cause side effects in anyone but those most at risk are children and adolescents who may be more likely to have high blood pressure or increased heart rate. Infants born to mothers who took Adderall during pregnancy could also face withdrawal symptoms after birth due to the drug being passed through breast milk.
Adderall poses risks of future health conditions like heart disease and liver problems. Those most at risk for adverse reactions include children and adolescents, who may experience higher blood pressure or an elevated heart rate. Adderall has been shown to pass into breast milk and negatively impact infants if taken by their mother while breastfeeding so women should avoid this medication if they nursing a child.
When might Adderall not be appropriate to treat a certain condition?
Adderall should never be taken by those with an allergy to the active ingredient, amphetamine. It is also not advised for people with glaucoma or hyperthyroidism as it can worsen symptoms of these conditions. The risk of what complications could happen if someone takes this drug without needing it warrants that it only be used when needed and as prescribed.
Adderall may not be appropriate for individuals who have glaucoma or hyperthyroidism as it may worsen symptoms of these conditions. The risks of what serious side effects may occur make this drug unsuitable unless someone needs it and takes it as directed.
Is there anything else that should be considered when taking Adderall? For what types of conditions is this drug typically used?
Adderall is a stimulant so it can affect the heart and body in ways other drugs do not. It should only ever be taken by someone with a medical condition that requires its use or who has been prescribed to take it for a medical condition. It should be kept out of reach of children as accidental overdose can have serious consequences for them, including what symptoms to watch out for if they’ve been exposed to what dosage.
Adderall is typically prescribed to treat ADHD and narcolepsy but it has also been approved to treat treatment-resistant depression in adults. In many places, doctors are allowed to prescribe what they believe their patients need and what effects they believe their patients will see from taking what drug.
Adderall should only ever be taken by a person with a medical condition that requires its use or who has been prescribed to take it for a medical condition. It should never be given to children as an overdose could have serious consequences for them, including what symptoms to watch out for if exposed to what dosage. Adderall is typically prescribed to treat ADHD and narcolepsy but it can also be used in adults who are resistant to other treatments to combat psychiatric illness. In many places, doctors are allowed discretion in whether they prescribe what drug based on their professional judgment about what benefits their patient would see from taking the medication and how much harm it would cause.