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Adderall Side Effects

Adderall is a prescription medication that is used in the treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). ADHD is a condition in which an individual exhibits a short attention span and becomes easily distracted, overly emotional, excessively active, and highly impulsive. Adderall is also prescribed for the treatment of attention-deficit disorder without hyperactivity (ADD), narcolepsy (sudden and uncontrollable attacks of drowsiness and sleep) as well as other conditions not detailed here but which may be doctor-determined and thus prescribed accordingly.

Possible Adderall Side Effects

Loss of appetite, mental disturbances, stomach and intestinal disturbances, tremor, twitches, nausea, nervousness, overstimulation, rapid or pounding heartbeat, accidental injury, changes in sex drive, constipation, depression, diarrhea, dizziness, dry mouth, emotional instability, exaggerated feelings of well-being, fatigue, fever, headache, high blood pressure, hives, impotence, indigestion, infections, insomnia, restlessness, unpleasant taste, vomiting, weakened heart, weight loss, worsening of tics (including Tourette's syndrome).

It is quite possible for side effects other than those listed here to occur. If this happens and/or if any seem particularly strange or bothersome, contact a doctor or other healthcare provider.

Special Adderall Precautions

Adderall, like all amphetamines, has a very high potential for abuse. If used in large doses over extended periods of time, it may cause dependence and addiction. Be careful to take Adderall only as prescribed.

Do not use Adderall if you have any of the following conditions: heart disease, hardening of the arteries, high blood pressure, high pressure in the eye (glaucoma) or an overactive thyroid gland.

Never take Adderall within 14 days of taking an antidepressant classified as an MAO inhibitor, including Nardil and Parnate. A potentially life-threatening spike in blood pressure could result.

Adderall should not be prescribed if you have ever had a reaction to similar stimulant drugs. Additionally, your doctor may avoid prescribing Adderall if you appear agitated or prone to substance abuse.

If you have even a mild case of high blood pressure, Adderall should be taken with caution. Be careful as well about driving or operating machinery until you know how this drug affects you. It may impair judgment and coordination.

Adderall can make tics and twitches worse. If you or a family member has this problem (or the condition called Tourette's syndrome), ensure that the doctor is aware of it. Amphetamines such as Adderall have also been known to aggravate symptoms in seriously disturbed (psychotic) individuals.

If the problem is attention-deficit disorder, the doctor should do a complete history and evaluation before prescribing Adderall, taking particular account of the severity of the symptoms and the age of your child. If the problem is a temporary reaction to a stressful situation, Adderall is probably not required.

At present, there has been no experience with long-term Adderall therapy in children. However, other amphetamine-based medications have been known to stunt growth, so your doctor will need to watch the child carefully.

If Adderall is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Adderall with any of the following drugs - Acetazolamide (Diamox); Antihistamines such as Benadryl and Chlor-Trimeton; Drugs classified as MAO inhibitors, including the antidepressants Nardil and Parnate; Drugs that make the urine more acidic, such as Uroquid-Acid No. 2; Glutamic acid (an amino acid related to MSG); High blood pressure medications such as Calan, guanethidine, HydroDIURIL, Hytrin, Procardia, and reserpine; Lithium (Eskalith, Lithobid); Major tranquilizers such as Haldol and Thorazine; Meperidine (Demerol); Methenamine (Urised); Norepinephrine (Levophed); Propoxyphene (Darvon); Seizure medications such as Dilantin, phenobarbital, and Zarontin; "Tricyclic" antidepressants such as Norpramin, Tofranil, and Vivactil; Vitamin C.

Warning: This information is intended to supplement, not be a substitute for the expertise and judgment of a doctor. Please consult a doctor for final and more detailed information about the possible side effects of this prescription medication.
 
 
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