AMPHETAMINE- Adderall, Adderall XR DEXTROAMPHETAMINE- Dexedrine, Dexedrine Spansule, Oxydess, Spancap METHAMPHETAMINE- Desoxyn, Desoxyn Gradumet

Habit forming? Yes
Prescription needed? Yes
Available as generic? Yes
Drug class: Central nervous system stimulant

Prevents narcolepsy (attacks of uncontrollable sleepiness).
-Treats attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in adults, adolescents and children

How to take Adderall:

- Tablet: Swallow with liquid.

- Extended-release capsule or tablet: Swallow each dose whole with liquid; do not crush.

When to take Adderall:

- At the same times each day.

- Short-acting forms: Don't take later than 6 hours before bedtime.

- Long-acting form: Take on awakening.

If you forget an Adderall dose:

- Take as soon as you remember.

- If it is almost time for the next dose, wait for that dose (don't double this dose) and resume regular schedule.

What drug does:

- Hyperactivity: Decreases motor restlessness and increases ability to pay attention.

- Narcolepsy: Increases motor activity and mental alertness; diminishes drowsiness.

Time lapse before drug works:

- Take several weeks to see if drug is effective.

Don't take with:

- Any other medicine or any diet supplement without consulting your doctor or pharmacist.

SYMPTOMS: Rapid heartbeat, hyperactivity, high fever, hallucinations, suicidal or homicidal feelings, convulsions, coma.

Irritability, nervousness, insomnia, euphoria, signs of addiction, dry mouth.

Dizziness, reduced alertness, blurred vision, unusual sweating. headache, diarrhea or constipation, appetite loss, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, weight loss, diminished sex drive, impotence. Rare: Rash, hives, chest pain, irregular heartbeat, trouble breathing, fainting, hallucinations, becoming suspicious, manic behavior, uncontrollable movements (head, neck, arms, legs). Mood changes, swollen breasts.

Don't take if:

You are allergic to any amphetamine.

Before you start, consult your doctor if:

- You plan to become pregnant.

- You have glaucoma.

- You have diabetes, overactive thyroid, anxiety or tension.

- You have a history of substance abuse.

- You will have surgery within 2 months, requiring general or spinal anesthesia.

- Adult or child patient has a mental illness.

Over age 60:

Adverse reactions and side effects may be more frequent and severe than in younger persons.


- Decide with your doctor if drug benefits justify risk to unborn child. Consult doctor.


- Drugs pass into breast milk. Consult your doctor.

Infants & children:

- Amphetamine-dextroamphetamine is used to treat attention deficit disorder in children age 3 and older.

- Do not use this drug in children under the age of 12 years for weight loss.

- Reports of sudden unexplained death (SUD) in children has been associated with amphetamine abuse and reported in children with underlying heart defects taking amphetamines.
- A very small number of cases of SUD have been reported in children without heart defects taking amphetamines. Talk to your child's doctor about this risk.

Prolonged use:

- Drug can be habit forming. Ask your doctor about the risks involved.

- Talk to your doctor about the need for follow-up medical examinations or laboratory studies to check blood pressure, growth charts in children, and need for continued treatment

Skin & sunlight:

- No problems expected.

Driving, piloting or hazardous work:

- Don't drive or pilot aircraft until you learn how medicine affects you.

- Don't work around dangerous machinery.

- Don't climb ladders or work in high places.

- Danger increases if you drink alcohol or take medicine affecting alertness and reflexes.


- May be unnecessary to finish medicine, but don't suddenly stop. Follow doctor's Instructions.


- Use of this drug must be closely supervised.

- Don't use for appetite control or depression.

- Advise any doctor or dentist whom you consult that you take this medicine. 

- During a withdrawal phase, may cause prolonged sleep of several days.

- Don't use for fatigue or to replace rest. -

- Drug may cause serious heart and psychiatric (mental) problems, including sudden death.

- Read warning information, provided with prescription.

- Call doctor right away if symptoms develop (e.g., chest pain, shortness of breath, fainting, or hallucinations)

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