Adderall is a drug used to treat ADHD. There are both good and bad effects of Adderall. There is Adderall XR (extended release) and the other one taken multiple times a day.
I used Adderall for a month with great results. I was able to concentrate, I felt great, and I could function like a normal person.
It is a great thing to be able to focus and concentrate. I struggle all the time at work, in relationships, reading, driving, and on and on.
There are many people that feel the same way. This drug has improved their lives. They can function and do things like never before.
For some that need it, they notice extra energy and weightloss. This extra energy keeps them active longer and they are able to burn off calories.
CCHR Co-founder Dr. Thomas Szasz explains that ADHD is not a disease (of course not, its a disorder) and does not need to be medicated. Psychiatry used diagnostic terms to stigmatize and control people.
Most users notice a loss of appetite. They have to force themselves to eat.
Before we move to the Bad Effects of Adderall, I want to let you know about other options. You can find alternatives to medication. There is the video game treatment (Don't miss the video about this), music therapy, and other things like vitamin and mineral supplements.
A liquid vitamin and mineral supplement changed my life. I don't need to take adderall now. You should find out why vitamin and mineral supplements help ADHD. Make sure you view each of these items after you finish reading about the Bad Effects of Adderall.
As I mentioned, there are good and bad effects of Adderall. Now to the bad effects.
To start, I want to mention that adderall is an amphetamine. It has the same classification as the illegal drug, cocaine.
All ADHD stimulant medications fall into this classification because of the chance of addiction and abuse.
One of the things that I hate about these medications is that there is not any long term usage studies. What will a child be like in their old age after being on a stimulant drug all their life?
We don't know. This leaves the possibilities of a short life for these children or severe health problems later in life.
I added a must see video about stimulant drugs on my website. Go watch it right now.
Do not use Adderall if the following applies:
The drug companies are now required to use new FDA warning labels. Make sure you read my blog about that. The side effects of Adderall can be very severe.
Clinical experience suggests that, in psychotic patients, administration of amphetamine may exacerbate symptoms of behavior disturbance and thought disorder.
Data are inadequate to determine whether chronic use of stimulants in children, including amphetamine, may be causally associated with suppression of growth. Therfore, growth should be monitored during treatment, and patients who are not growing or gaining weight as expected should have their treatment interrupted.
Sudden death has been reported in association with amphetamine treatment at usual doses in children with structural cardiac abnormalities. Adderall XR generally should not be used in children, adolescents, or adults with structural cardiac abnormalities.
Caution is to be excercised in prescribing amphetamines for patients with even mild hypertension. Blood pressure and pulse should be monitored at appropriate intervals. (Especially XR)
Amphetamines have been reported to exacerbate motor and phonic tics and Tourette's syndrome. Therefore, clinical evaluation for tis and Tourette's syndrome in children and their families should preced use of stimulant medications.
Amphetamines have been associated with decreased appetite. Absolute weight increasses in treated children over time, but the increases are smaller than expected based on CDC normative values.
The following adverse reactions have been associated with amphetamine use:
Palpitations, tachycardia, elevation of blood pressure, sudden death, myocardial infarction. There have been isolated reports of cardiomyopathy associated with chronic amphetamine use.
Psychotic episodes at recommended doses, overstimulation, restlessness, dizziness, insomnia, euphoria, dyskinesia, dysphoria, depression, tremor, headache, exacerbation of motor and phonic tics and Tourette's syndrome, seizures, stroke.
Dryness of the mouth, unpleasant taste, diarrhea, constipation, other gastrointestinal disturbances. Anorexia and weight loss may occur as undesirable effects.
Impotence, changes in libido.
Table 1 Adverse Events Reported By More than 1% of Pediatric Patients Receiving Adderall XR with Higher Incidence than on Placebo in a 584 Patient Clinical Study
|Body System||Preferred Term||
Loss of Appetite
Table 2 Adverse Events Reported By 5% or more of Adolescents Weighing greater than or equal to 75 kg/165 lbs Receiving Adderall XR with Higher Incidence than on Placebo in a 287 Patient Clinical Forced Weekly Dose Tiration Study (includes doses up to 40mg)
|Body System||Preferred Term||
|Digestive System||Loss of Appetite (b)||36%||2%|
|Metabolic/Nutritional||Weight Loss (b)||9%||0%|
(a)Appears the same due to rounding
(b)Dose-related adverse events
Note: The following events did not meet the criterion for inclusion in Table 2 but were reported by 2%-4% of adolescent patients receiving ADDERALL XR with a higher incidence than patients receiving placebo in this study: accidental injury, asthenia (fatigue), dry mouth, dyspepsia, emotional lability, nausea, somnolence, and vomiting.
Table 3 Adverse Events Reported 5% or more of Adults Receiving Adderall XR with Higher Incidence than on Placebo in a 255 Patient Clinical Forced Weekly Dose Tiration Study (includes doses up to 60mg)
|Body System||Preferred Term||
Loss of Appetite
|Urogenital System||Urinary Tract Infection||5%||0%|
Note: The following events did not meet the criterion for inclusion in Table 3 but were reported by 2% to 4% of adult patients receiving ADDERALL XR with a higher incidence than patients receiving placebo in this study: infection, photosensitivity reaction, constipation, tooth disorder, emotional lability, libido decreased, somnolence, speech disorder, palpitation, twitching, dyspnea, sweating, dysmenorrhea, and impotence.
If you have any questions and would like to contact me, feel free to do so. I will help you in any way I can. Fill out the contact form. Your information is safe with me.
Click below to see contributions from other visitors to this page...
Help on handling spouse with adhd
Hello all 1st time posting on a site like this.. my wife has been diagnosed with ADHD, Bi polar, PTSD, and OCD. We have been married for 20 years and …
Diagnosed with ADHD at 44 and Having Issues with Adderall
I've recently been diagnosed and prescribed Adderall XR 30mg. First dose...6 hours of calm and clarity like I've never known, then 30 hrs of terrible …
16 - hate adderall - you aren't supposed to feel like a zombie.
YOU ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO FEEL LIKE A HOLLOWED-OUT ZOMBIE. IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING ANY ADVERSE EFFECTS like the ones i will mention below, INCLUDING LESSENED …
Took Adderall Made My face swell
I was recently prescribed Adderall as a way to save money. Vyvanse was too expensive without insurance. I am online looking for answers now. After taking …
Adderall is like meth
I was told I had one of the worst cqases of treatment resistant depression thay had ever seen. I had Electroconvulsive Therapy 48 times and was in line …
Its become to where Im immune, body addicted, withdrawal
Its been about 4 years,and as with all meds,my immunity built and docs.never up dosage,it helps when I have enough,but became to where buying it has become …
Adderall, only as plan B
I'm 13, and I havn't been useing adderall for very long now, only about 1/4 of a year. When I started it, i was told the only risks were not being able …
Success with Adderall
Hi. I'm a current adderall user as prescribed by my doctor. I want to talk about myself in order to better undertsand my explanation and reasoning. I was …
ADHD in teenage girls
Recently I figured out that my daughter has ADHD and she is 19 already. I feel guilty that I couldn't understand she had problem and I didn't admit her …
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 …
22 year old daughter started adderall
My 22 year old daughter started taking Adderall for ADHD about 6 months ago. Since then she is doing much better with her college coursework. However, …
Adderall has ruined my life
I have been taking adderall for 6 years now, since then, I have been numb to every emotion in my body. I feel like I am the walking dead, everyday I see …
15, adderall for two years, been helping, but what else is wrong?
Been taking adderall for two years. I have ADHD and i can relate directly to the second post on this page, Adderall is not for everyone, it is only …
18 Year Old On Adderall Since 1st Grade, My Lifestyle With ADD
I have been on adderall since I was diagnosed with ADD in first grade. The drug was prescribed to me because it had recently been proven (back in the mid …
I ate adderall everyday for 7 years, 6th to 12th grade, and a few times in college. I learned about the ill effects sometime in my junior year of high …
ritalin at age 7
I was diagnose with adhd at the age of 7. I started taking ritalin at the age of 7. I quit taking that at age 15, then was on concerta and then quit that …
Adderall is making me more ADHD
I do not know what is wrong with me. I took adderall a couple times a few weeks ago and thought it was the most amazing thing that ever happened to me. …
NOT worth it.
Adderall's side effects only brought out my depression, despite my doctor's assurance that it wouldn't effect me. I've payed too many doctor and therapy …
60 year-old woman on Adderal for short time
I always knew something was wrong with me and have fought depression, mostly untreated, for most of my life. I have many, if not all, of the symptoms I've …
My son has been taking Adderall for 2 years and I have not seen a change in him for the good. I have noticed though through research from this site and …
Bad impulse control on Adderall
My wife has ADHD and was prescribed ADDERALL two months ago. At first it lt seemed to help her focus. After three weeks she started to become mentally …
Relavent, probably common, questions about Adderall
Hi, I am 21 and just began taking Adderall a little over a month ago. I take extended release, 20 mg capsules. The worst side effect is feeling hot at …
Non-custodial mom against adderall
I am very against adderall,especially in children. I think it is wrong to teach kids to take care of their problems with medications that, have no studies …
Adderall is amazing. It's the best thing that has ever happened to me. My grades can prove it! I've always gotten good grades, but then when I started …
Help with Constipation
i was addictted to crack for about 5 yrs before that alcoholic. i started taking adderall and the crack addiction and alcohol cravings are gone. the …
bad bad drug
i have taken adderall for 8 years and its a very adicting drug at my worst i was taking 5 30 mg caps per day it has taken me allmost a year to come off …
Adderall is NOT for everyone. It is only for very few.
I took two years of tests before taking Adderall. I researched it on the internet. I saw numerous psyhologists and 3 psychiatrists about it. I read …
am i crazy or is it the adderall
i been on it for two days now. i hate it .it makes me all paranoid. im hereing shit . the second day i did not even go to sleep. im still up writing this. …
19 and Stopped Adderall
i took the drug since i was in 3rd grade its the worse decision i ever let my parents make me do. i have been off for 2 years and glad to be school is …
adderall does it fry your brain?
i take adderall and i talk to a lot of people who take it, and i have had a few people tell me that after taking it for such a long time that they developed …
Adderall: My Pro's and Con's
I was diagnosed with ADHD as a young child and I tried ridilin for about a year and then concerta for about another year. Neither of them did much good …
sixteen year old on adderall.
hello, I'm sixteen years old & I've been on adderall since I was thirteen. The first two year that I was on it I did wonderful in school and didn't really …
Emotional Affects of Adderall
I take 20 mg of adderall to help me in school, and before i was put on adderall i had concerta, concerta made me depressed so i tried something new, and …
Adderall 1 Week, So far so good
I've been on Adderall for a week now and I'm amazed at the improvement its has made on my overall ability to concentrate. I am 43 and was diagnosed 3 years …
Adderall is great.
When I take Adderall, I do so much better on everything. Instead of being lazy and doing everything half-ass like I normally do, I perfect everything around …
On Adderall for 4 months now....
I take adderrall xr 10mg twice daily, although it is a low dosage I do feel the effects shortly after my first dosage. Like the article above states, …
Adderall is great! And I have to have it!
I ave been taking adderall for 4 months. I started taking 20mg of the XR however it was much to expensive at $160 a month. So I went to the generic tablet …
My 14 year old daugther has been on Adderall fo 6 years
I am looking for answers really. It seems like adderall has caused more problems than helped. When she started taking the medication it seemed to help …
Adderall its worth the risk
Hello I am 33 years old and I have had ADHD for over ten years and the Adderall that I take really helps me I can focus understand things that I could …
Just Started Adderall
I have been taking adderall for 3 weeks and have seen a huge difference in my ability to focus, however, I have experienced an increased heart rate and …
Help me get off Adderal
I am a 22 year old women who has been taking adderall since I was 14 years old. My parents made me start taking it because they thought I was out of control. …
Adderall in a 12 year old
My 12 year old step-son has been on Adderall since he started school. Since we have switched custody arrangements and I see how this affects him...I am …
Adderal Made Fiance Worse
I have had a relationship for about a year and a half now with my fiance. I have noticed a great change in her and her attitude 6 months after being on …
Adderall "happy pills" at first....
I am 21 and I started taking adderall 2 years ago. I wish I haven't started in a first place. I was diagnosed with ADHD at 18 when I got into college …
Iv been addicted to adderall
Yes, i had a whopping two years of abusing adderall XR and i lost about 14 pounds and now iv gained it all back. When i became dependent on it i had extreme …
concerned about the effects
My neighbor's daughter is ADHD. Her parents are going through a divorce. Since then, the mother took upon herself to start their daughter on medicine for …
Adderall Makes You Disconnected with Life
This 'medication' will destroy you and consume your life. Rather than making you more able to function this medication will severely DISABLE you. That …
Adderall and what it did to me...
I have been taking adderall (or some other form of ADD medicine) since I was seven years old. I am now 20 years of age and have recently (last week) finally …
Adults who abuse ADHD meds
I think that with a healthy lifestyle,learning to manage stress effectively, and prioritizing you can overcome this disorder without resorting to prescription …
I dont know what to do about this medication...
My son was riecently diagnosed with adhd. He is only 7 years old. His Doc perscribed Adderoll 10mg and I believe its the XR one as well. I have heard many …
Adderall helps ADHD With Caution
I've had ADHD my whole life, and was not diagnosed until recently (my Mom didn't want to believe anything was "wrong" with me). I've been on Adderall …
erratic behavior during the "crash"
I recently moved in with my best friend and her husband. She is in her late twenties and is a professional, well-to-do woman. Since college, she has …
First day on meds & I'm terrified Not rated yet
I've had problems with ADHD for as long as I can remember and we've been considering meds for a long time but today I finally took my first dose and had …
Depression and ADHD: Taking stimulants and still super tired Not rated yet
Diagnosed with ADHD and more recently depression. I started taking Zoloft 2 years ago while also taking concerta. Neither was doing much for me so I switched …
Memory problems without afternoon dose of Adderall IR Not rated yet
I was diagnosed with ADHD when I was 7 years old & I’m currently 29 years old. My life kind of blew up/fell apart in March 2015 when I had been on 20mg …
I had much better results with standard Adderall, NOT Adderall XR Not rated yet
Adderall XR was too much for me. It really knocked out my appetite and made me hypoglycemic and therefore very cranky. It was also very expensive. I …
Music production Not rated yet
U know what sucks? Started taking adderol last year. Helps me alot in the studio for those over nighters but now it seems like i cant do it at all without …
Life Changing Medication-Should be taken with Caution Not rated yet
I am a 25 year old female and was diagnosed with ADD about a year ago. I have taken 20mg Adderall twice daily since then. It has made such and awesome …
Ritalin yes, Adderall , no. Not rated yet
I'm a 65 year old male. I have been taking Ritalin (generic) for three years. It has been helpful in terms of better concentration, etc. I could easily …
Risk worth taking? Not rated yet
I am currently sixteen I have been off and on different medications since I have been six years old. But i was taken off of all medications a few years …
16 year old who recently started Not rated yet
I am beginning to focus much better in the classroom at school. However, I have a few side effects: Trouble falling to sleep, no appetite, and moodiness. …
bipolar and sleeping through it all Not rated yet
Adderall is totally worth it. I'm not thrilled this the stomach problems, but I'm not that worried about it. I gained so much weight on other psych drugs, …
Adderal can be helpful Not rated yet
With my ADHD i don't even need something to happen to distract me from normal tasks. I've always been the person to randomly zone out or start day dreaming. …
Former Adderall Addict Not rated yet
I'm 33 years old and have been on adderall about 10 years. At first it was great and helped me through college, however your body gets immune to the drug …
taking adderall for year Not rated yet
I have noticed positive effects. I suffered from compulsive behavior and adhd. I have been searching for answers to what my problems are... and if this …
Im a 43 yr old female ...... Not rated yet
I have been on adderall for almost a year now , I love it it has helped me be able to focus better and stay on task ...I nolonger feel like i am just …
Goods and Bad's for Adderall. Not rated yet
I started taking adderall about 5 years ago. Im a freshman in high school. I can say that im highly addicted to adderall. When im not on it, i feel really …
ADDERALL XR Not rated yet
My now almost 8 yr old was diagnosed with ADHD with severe Inattention at the age of 5 yrs old. my 5yr old was not ready for Kindergarten because he was …
adderall plus five year old children Not rated yet
We are trying this for the frist time and i dont like it. now it is working for one of the children. it has calm her down a lot. she is doing her work …
Adderall Best thing since...ever Not rated yet
I take it every now and then to improve concentration in class and when I'm just bored. You feel like a boss and that nothing is wrong in the world. The …
Just started Adderall and it helps Not rated yet
I just started taking Adderall a little over a month ago. It makes it so that I can focus during the day. I've seen relationships improve like crazy, because …
Adderall, An ADHD Child's Legal Cocaine Not rated yet
I have been saying for the last 5 years, Adderall (& stimulant drugs) are dangerous. They are in the same classification as the illegal drug, cocaine. …
started taking Adderall again Not rated yet
Last year i was diagnosed with add at 28 and given Adderall. For me and my daughter it was somethign that was needed... She was also diagnosed with adhd …
15 yr old boy on adderall Not rated yet
it helped my concentration better in class. it also did decrease my appetite but not to an unreasonable level. i enjoyed it b/c i didnt have to eat as …
Hooked on Adderall Not rated yet
I am 37, and began taking 15mg of adderall a day in September. It really helped me focus on my work, which was my number one problem. I was increased to …
Adderall is Unpredictable Not rated yet
I've been on Adderall for about a year now. First I took Concerta but then switched to Adderall for its time release. Or maybe the other way around. They're …
I've had problems with ADHD for as long as I can remember and we've been considering meds for a long time but today I finally took my first dose and had
Diagnosed with ADHD and more recently depression. I started taking Zoloft 2 years ago while also taking concerta. Neither was doing much for me so I switched
Hello all 1st time posting on a site like this.. my wife has been diagnosed with ADHD, Bi polar, PTSD, and OCD. We have been married for 20 years and
I was diagnosed with ADHD when I was 7 years old & I’m currently 29 years old. My life kind of blew up/fell apart in March 2015 when I had been on 20mg
I've recently been diagnosed and prescribed Adderall XR 30mg. First dose...6 hours of calm and clarity like I've never known, then 30 hrs of terrible