Amphetamine salt combo (Adderall) is a drug used for the treatment of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy . Some Medicare and insurance plans cover generic Adderall, but pharmacy coupons or cash prices may be lower. The lowest dose starts with 2.5mg. 20mg Adderall is little higher dose but you can take this dose if you are at lowest doses and not getting proper relief. Consult your doctor before increasing your dose.
- It may be habit-forming, and is a drug of abuse. Consult your doctor if you have had earlier problems with drug or alcohol abuse.
- Stimulants have caused stroke, heart attack, and sudden death in people with high blood pressure, heart disease, or a heart defect.
- Don’t use this medicine if you have used a MAO inhibitor in the past 14 days, such as isocarboxazid, linezolid, phenelzine, rasagiline or tranylcypromine or have received a methylene blue injection.
- Adderall may cause new or worsening psychosis (unusual thoughts or behaviour), especially if you have a history of depression, mental illness.
- You may have blood circulation problems that can cause numbness, pain, or discolouration in your fingers or toes.
- Consult your doctor immediately if you have: signs of heart problems – chest pain, feeling light-headed or short of breath; signs of psychosis – paranoia, aggression, seeing or hearing things that are not real; signs of circulation problems – unexplained wounds on your fingers or toes.
- You may not be able to use Adderall if you have glaucoma, overactive thyroid, severe agitation, moderate to severe high blood pressure, heart disease or coronary artery disease, vascular disease, or a history of drug or alcohol addiction.
- Don’t use Adderall if you are allergic to any stimulant medicine or if you have the following symptoms:
- Overactive thyroid;
- Severe anxiety or agitation (stimulant medicine can make these symptoms worse);
- High blood pressure;
- Heart disease or coronary artery disease;
- Vascular disease or hardening of the arteries; or
- History of drug or alcohol addiction.
- Few medicines can interact with amphetamine and dextroamphetamine which can cause a serious condition called serotonin syndrome.
- Tell your doctor about any other medications you are using. Be sure your doctor knows if you also take opioid medicine, herbal products, or medicine for depression, mental illness, Parkinson’s disease, migraine headaches, serious infections, or prevention of nausea and vomiting.
- Consult your doctor before making any changes in how or when you take your medications. Symptom of serotonin syndrome may include agitation, hallucinations (hearing or seeing things that are not real), coma, fast heart rate, dizziness, sweating, feeling hot, muscle rigidity or shakiness, seizures, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.
- Stop Adderall immediately if you experience these symptoms.
- Stimulants may cause strokes, heart attack, and sudden death in people. Consult your doctor if you have:
- heart problems,
- high blood pressure; or
- a family history of heart disease. or sudden death.
To make sure Adderall is safe for you, tell your doctor if you or anyone in your family has ever had:
- depression, anxiety, mental illness, bipolar disorder, psychosis, problems with aggression, or suicidal thoughts or actions;
- motor tics (muscle twitches) or Tourette’s syndrome;
- seizures or epilepsy;
- an abnormal brain wave test (EEG); or
- liver or kidney disease; or
- blood circulation problems in the hands or feet.
Avoid taking Adderall during pregnancy
. The medications in Adderall (amphetamine and dextroamphetamine) can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while you are using this medicine.
How should I take Adderall?
Adderall can be taken exactly as prescribed by the doctor. Follow all instructions on your prescription label. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose. Do not take this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
Adderall may be habit-forming.
- Never share this medicine with another person., especially someone with a history of drug abuse or addiction. Keep the medication in a place where others cannot get to it. Selling or giving away this medicine is against the law.
- Read all patient information, medication guides, and instruction sheets provided to you. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
- You may take Adderall with or without food, first thing in the morning.
- Do not crush, chew, break, or open an extended-release capsule. Swallow it whole.
- To make swallowing more comfortable, you may open the capsule and sprinkle the medicine into a spoonful of applesauce. Swallow right away without chewing. Do not save the mixture for later use.
- Adderall can cause unusual results with specific medical tests. Tell any doctor who treats you that you are using this medicine.
- Store at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light.
- Keep track of your medicine. Adderall is a drug of abuse, and you should be aware if anyone is misusing your medicine or without a prescription.