As a first resort, medics will turn to stimulant drugs in the treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). This is because a significant percentage of children will respond to this treatment option.
Even so, body systems vary, and for that reason, you may find the effectiveness of stimulant drugs in the management of ADHD patients may show discrepancies from one individual to another. And in such instances, physicians will often opt for non-stimulant alternative medicines.
Some of the most common stimulant drugs a medic probably may prescribe in the management of ADHD include Adderall, Ritalin, Focalin, Dexedrine, or Concerta. But of these brands, Adderall perhaps seems to be among the most prevalently prescribed medication.
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What You Should Know About Adderall
Typically Adderall is used in the treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. It’s a combination of Dextroamphetamine Saccharate and Sulfate—plus Amphetamine Aspartate and Sulfate (a mixture of four types of amphetamine salts.)
When you compare Adderall to other ADHD treatment drugs such as Ritalin, you’ll find some patients have a preference for the former—this is because when some subjects take Adderall, they’ll associate it with fewer side effects.
Also, a dosage of Adderall may show lasting results as compared to other ADHD drugs.
Indeed, the Drug Enforcement Agency lists Adderall among the “Schedule II Stimulants.” And akin to several other drugs of a similar ilk, a substantial number of people who aren’t ADHD patients tend to abuse Adderall.
For the most part, this may be due to the addictive tendency of Adderall that can lead to dependence.
Does Adderall Have Side Effects?
Just like several other ADHD treatment regimens, Adderall has its benefits as well as its fair share of side effects. Let’s look at some of the common ones:
- Sleeping disorders (insomnia)
- Stomach pain
- Weight loss (anorexia)
- Dry mouth
Sometimes, Adderall is also associated with temporarily slowing down growth in children as well as hallucinations. Other concerns may include changes in skin color, fluctuations in vision, seizures, and respiratory problems.
How does Adderall Interact With other Drugs?
If you take several drugs within a relatively short timeframe, it’s a common occurrence for them to cause interaction issues within the body. Accordingly, within a timeframe of two weeks, some medics will advise you to avoid MAO inhibitors while you’re taking Adderall. Otherwise, the interaction between these two medicaments might lead to undesired consequences. So, how can you curb interaction concerns? It’s recommended you provide your physician with sufficient information detailing your medical history.
Likewise, you should confer with your clinician about any underlying ailments you might have, plus concerns with the medication you probably are taking currently.
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Are there Medical Conditions that Can Prevent You from Taking Adderall?
If you have any underlying medical conditions, your physician may deem the use of Adderall ineligible for your ADHD condition.
Even so, a significant percentage of such situations may manifest themselves more in adults rather than in children.
However, such rare instances are still possible, and so parents need to bear that in mind. Basically, such conditions may include:
- Overactive thyroid
- High blood pressure
- Glaucoma (or other heart-related ailments)
All things considered, it’s vital to make your physician aware of past medical conditions the subject may be suffering from either physical or involving mental health.
What Do You Need to Know About Adderall Usage and Action Period?
It’s advisable to talk to a physician about the recommended prescribed dosage. But overall, children age six and above may initially start taking 5 mg of Adderall and gradually increase the dosage to 30 mg.
On the other hand, adults should start their dosage at 5mg and progressively work towards a 60 mg dosage.
Mainly, the action period of Adderall varies depending on two factors. First, will be the extended-release (XR) and second, immediate-release (IR).
Also, Adderall XR will start working within a timeframe of 30 min after the subject takes the drug and could potentially last for much longer than Adderall IR.
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Similarly, Adderall IR begins to take effect within the same time frame, but its impact may last for about two hours maximum.
Are you considering the use of Adderall as the best option for your child? In addition to taking into account the information provided, its best to work with your doctor’s recommendations.