Adderall has been great for me, but only at the correct dosage
I have been on and off Adderall for the past few years, since being diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 31. (I'm 36 now.) I stopped when I found out I was pregnant with my youngest child, and resumed after she was a year old due to breastfeeding.
When Adderall has worked for me it has been AMAZING. The very first time I took it, it felt as though time stretched out ahead of me -- for the first time I could remember, I sat down with my kids to complete a craft with them and didn't get frustrated and didn't feel like jumping up to do something else.
Over the years, my needs have changed and my reactions to the drug have changed. I took only the XR for a while, and asked my doctor to adjust the dosage upwards. With that adjustment came rapid weight loss (40 pounds in 2 months), loss of hair, greyish skin tone -- it was terrible. Within a few months of returning to my previous dose, I was fine. We did tweak it upwards a smidge, and I added 2x daily dose of a small amount of immediate release pills as well - I have to cut the 5mg pills in half in order to do this. I resisted for the longest time but it has been working wonderfully. I am able to stay focused on tasks throughout the day, am not hyperfocused or hyperactive, and am able to sleep at night. I have a normal appetite.
Other not-so-great things that I've had that I attribute to the Adderall are increased anxiety (especially with generic XR and the blue generic IR pills of any dosage size) and I also suffered Reynaud's Syndrome in my hands and feet when the dose was too high.