ADDERALL




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


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


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


MEDICAL DOSAGE & ADDERALL USAGE
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.


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

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

Infrequent:
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.
PRECAUTIONS

Don't take if:

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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:

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


Pregnancy:

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


Breast-feeding:

- 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.


Discontinuing:


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


Others:


- 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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