A great place to start is with your primary care physician, as they can refer you to the proper practitioners if needed. If you already see a mental health provider, speak with them about your interest in finding out if Adderall can work for you.
- 0.1 What symptoms is Adderall prescribed for?
- 1 How do I get an ADHD prescription?
- 2 Is it hard to get an Adderall?
- 3 Why can’t I get Adderall?
- 4 Why do stimulants calm ADHD?
- 5 Can you buy ADHD pills?
- 6 What happens if you take ADHD medication and you don t have ADHD?
- 7 Is Adderall Legal in Europe?
- 8 What is a natural Adderall replacement?
- 9 Can you get Adderall over the counter?
Can Adderall be prescribed to anyone?
Yes, stimulants like Adderall are FDA-approved to treat ADHD in adults. There are two categories of stimulant medications that treat ADHD. They are: Amphetamines: like Adderall (mixed amphetamine salts) and Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine)
Can you prescribe Adderall without ADHD diagnosis?
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Diagnosing, and subsequently treating, adult ADHD requires a multifaceted approach that includes a thorough evaluation, consideration of cooccurring conditions, patient education and weighing of risks and benefits of treatment with stimulants on a case-by-case basis. Healio Psychiatry spoke with Anthony L.
Rostain, MD, professor of psychiatry at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, for clinical guidance on the who, what, when and how of prescribing stimulants. – by Stacey L. Adams What does the patient profile of adult ADHD look like? In addition to meeting the criteria for ADHD, symptoms of the disorder have to have been present since childhood to some extent; it does not have to have been diagnosed in childhood, but ADHD is not something a patient will have developed in the last year.
Plus, there needs to have been impairment as result of the difficulty, especially in adulthood. In other words, it must be causing a problem with achieving some occupational, familial or self-care obligations or expectations. The patient can be male or female, college aged or even someone in their later years.
We see ADHD in elderly patients, but in that population, you need to be sure it’s not a sign of the onset of dementia. For women in menopause, many of complain of attentional difficulties; they could very well benefit from a stimulant medication. There is a category called ADHD unspecified, which applies to someone who does not have lifelong ADHD but, because a variety of circumstances, they are having most of the symptoms without the historical background.
For example, a postmenopausal executive complains she can’t keep track of things anymore, she’s really disorganized and can’t focus. She might be diagnosed as ADHD unspecified type because she didn’t have it earlier — she may have had minimal difficulties, but the onset of menopause has really triggered a difficulty with functioning.
What things should a psychiatrist consider before starting a patient on stimulants ? Before you start a patient on a stimulant, you must have a correct diagnosis of ADHD. This means you have completed a thorough evaluation and are certain that ADHD is the true diagnosis in order to reduce the potential for misuse or abuse of stimulants by people who are claiming they have ADHD but may not.
- Moreover, it needs to be clear that no other co-occurring conditions are interfering with the patient’s functioning, such as depression, anxiety, substance use or learning disabilities.
- There are certain people who are not suitable for stimulants, such as those with a history of stimulant abuse or misuse and/or substance use, or patients who may have bipolar disorder or another serious psychiatric illness that is not currently being adequately treated because there is a risk of using stimulants in these individuals.
PAGE BREAK You should not start a patient on a stimulant without providing ample psychoeducation about ADHD and looking at all the different reasons someone may or may not benefit from medication. You should also consider nonmedication approaches so that you are not just giving a prescription the first time you suspect ADHD.
- If you are convinced that the patient has ADHD and you’ve decided you’re going to start treating them pharmacologically, then they are a candidate for stimulant medication.
- Another important component of the work up is to take a very careful medical history, which includes making sure the person doesn’t have any cardiac issues or family history of early death from heart disease or sudden death.
You also want to make sure they’re sleeping and eating properly. Medical history should also include history of seizures, head trauma or concussions, and any other chronic illness that might be affecting the patient’s general health, such as autoimmune disorders and asthma.
You must find out what other medications they’re taking to avoid combining stimulants with another medication that could be stimulating or have cardiotoxicity. If they’re on a tricyclic antidepressant or Wellbutrin (bupropion hydrochloride, GlaxoSmithKline), you might want to be careful at that point.
Last but not least, a collateral informant should be interviewed using standardized scales and/or a conversation over the phone to validate the difficulties the patient is having. It should be someone who knows the patient in the here and now and could answer a set of questions relating to their symptoms and functional impact.
- Ideally, it would be someone who knew the patient as a child.
- What are the treatment options? For those reticent about taking a stimulant medication, or those who have had bad effects before, or for whom you are concerned about misuse, there are several non-stimulant options.
- With respect to stimulants, the treatment options are methylphenidate long-acting compounds or amphetamine-based long-acting compounds.
There are two methylphenidate compounds FDA-approved for adult ADHD: One is a long-acting OROS compound (Concerta, Janssen) and the other is extended-release dexmethylphenidate (Focalin, Novartis). Concerta lasts somewhere around 9 to 12 hours and Focalin lasts anywhere from 7 to 8 hours.
- Because a patient’s metabolism determines how long the medication will last, I recommend using the patient’s body weight to determine whether to start at the lower or medium end of the dosing range approved by the FDA.
- PAGE BREAK With respect to extended-release amphetamines, three are FDA-approved for adults: mixed amphetamine salts extended-release (Adderall, Shire), lisdexamfetamine dimesylate (Vyvanse, Shire) and mixed salts of a single-entity amphetamine product (Mydayis, Shire).
Adderall XR lasts 7 to 8 hours, Vyvanse lasts 10 to 12 hours, and Mydayis lasts up to 16 hours. I often suggest trying one product from each class of medication to see which one is better for the patient. Evidence shows that almost half of patients respond equally well to either one, but about one-fourth of patients respond better to one than the other.
Given those uncertainties, it’s always good to start with one class and switch to the other if needed. It’s very important for people to know there are two different classes of medications available as one might be preferable to the other. Unfortunately, there’s no way to know which one works best ahead of time.
What are the risks associated with stimulant use? Cardiac problems can be exacerbated by these medications, including chest pain, syncope, arrythmias – any of these problems need to be ruled out. Even if they are ruled out, the patient can still develop cardiac difficulties, so pulse rate, blood pressure and cardiovascular status must always be monitored carefully.
You should also always be aware that stimulants can induce manic symptoms, so watch for mania and/or psychosis. Also, make sure you monitor for appetite and/or appetite suppression. These are not meant to be weight loss agents (even though some people may like that aspect) so watch for excessive weight loss.
It’s helpful to instruct patients about how to eat without being hungry so a patient doesn’t become hypoglycemic throughout the day. Peripheral vascular problems like Reynaud’s syndrome develop in some people, so you have to watch for it. And for people with a history of seizures, stimulants can alter the seizure threshold.
- Last but not least, it’s important to monitor interactions if the patient is on any other medications.
- If you’re already on an activating agent, you might have trouble falling asleep if you take a long-acting stimulant.
- How should the clinician determine whether to continue a patient on stimulants? The number one question is: Is it helping the patient/are they benefitting? Number two: Are they tolerating it? And number three: Is there any evidence that they are developing resistance or tolerance? If this is occurring, you need to ask yourself how much higher you can raise the dose before getting into a potentially toxic range.
Some patients require greater than what the PDR lists, in which case I would consult with someone who’s experienced if there are questions. There’s often pushback from insurance, but between 10% to 15% of patients need higher than standard doses to maintain clinical response.
PAGE BREAK It is good medical practice to utilize a standardized way of measuring treatment effect. The starting dose might not be the right dose, so there should always be a stepwise increment in dosing in the initial 1 or 2 months until you find the optimized response on a standardized scale. Whatever ADHD scale you’re using should be filled out at each visit, so you can quantify the percent improvement in ADHD symptoms.
In addition, there should be assessment of patient functional status. Whatever global functioning rating you’re giving that person, you want to see evidence that the functioning is improving. It might not improve right away, but hopefully over time, they’ll describe they’re doing better at work, getting along better with their family, or feeling more organized and able to take care of their daily needs than they were before.
Fewer problems, more success, so to speak. If medication should be discontinued, what’s the best way? It is fine to quickly discontinue a stimulant medication, since it is cleared from the brain and body by the end of the day. Thus, the patient can just stop at any given time. If they’ve been on it for a long time, the patient may feel a bit of withdrawal — similar to if you stop drinking coffee; they may be sleepier than usual, experience lethargy, feel less focused — but after 3 or 4 days that passes and they’re back to their baseline.
If you’re concerned about whether they’re on the right dose, and/or you want to go down slowly, that’s fine too, but there’s no need to take weeks and weeks to discontinue, like with SSRIs. What about misuse/abuse potential? This is a serious concern.
Cognitive enhancement occurs all the time – which I would call misuse rather than abuse. However, it is important to distinguish the two: Misuse is when you are taking a medication you were not prescribed but are taking it for generally reasons that are therapeutically indicated. For example, taking a stimulant even though the person does not have ADHD because it helps one to focus.
Or, if someone has a prescription for a stimulant but is using it to stay up late at night. Abuse occurs when a person is using the stimulant for purposes of reaching a state of euphoria, when it’s administered intranasally and/or if the patient is using mega doses.
This is extremely concerning because when it is introduced nasally or via IV injection, you’re creating potential for physical problems like stroke and high blood pressure, and for psychosis and paranoia. Abuse is a real health emergency and requires intensive medical treatment. PAGE BREAK Misuse is generally a different kettle of fish.
Obviously, it is wrong, and we do not want to foster diversion or enable inappropriate distribution of stimulants. But if people are following the general guidelines they don’t need medical treatment, they just need to be given an ultimatum such as, “You’re breaking the law by doing this, and I’m not going to prescribe for you anymore.” You don’t need to worry about detoxing them.
- In any case, prior to starting a stimulant you have to get an agreement from the patient that they are to use the medication as prescribed and are not to share it with anyone.
- If they do, it’s time to say, “I can’t keep prescribing for you; let’s deal with bigger issue here.” Some red flags that might indicate a person isn’t using medication as prescribed include asking for early refills, wanting short-acting not long-acting formulations or going to multiple places or different doctors and getting more than one prescription at a time.
We now have state surveillance systems in place, so I’m able to look on our Pennsylvania drug prescribing website to see how well patients have been following directions and whether they’re doctor shopping or filling excessive amounts of prescriptions.
- Any other tips for clinicians? Keep talking to the patient about how they’re using the medication and whether there are barriers to adherence.
- Are people forgetting? Are they feeling embarrassed? Are they worried about stigma? Are they afraid of becoming dependent? Always talk to patients about their own feelings about taking a medication.
Most patients don’t want to be taking a medication or to be dependent on a medication, so reassuring them that at any point they decide they want to stop, it can be done. I can’t emphasize enough the shared decision making or collaborative problem-solving approach helps to ensure a good treatment alliance — that’s probably the best predictor of successful care in any field of medicine.
- Try to help patients set realistic goals of what they’re expecting of the medication because we’ve seen a lot of magical thinking that needs to be corrected.
- People come in and say, “This is going to help me straighten out my life,” and it doesn’t come that easily.
- You still have to work at improving yourself.
The adage I always quote is “pills don’t teach skills” — pills help you learn, but you still have to work at making positive changes in coping with life. References: National Institute of Mental Health. Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/statistics/attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-adhd.shtml,
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What symptoms is Adderall prescribed for?
Adderall® is indicated for the treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Narcolepsy. A diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD; DSM-IV®) implies the presence of hyperactive-impulsive or inattentive symptoms that caused impairment and were present before age 7 years.
How do I get an ADHD prescription?
Network to find a specialist – If you are lucky enough to know an ADHD specialist already, your next step is a phone call to schedule a first visit. If you don’t know one, finding one will require some sleuthing. Here are some suggestions.
If you are seeing a coach or therapist for ADHD, ask for recommendations. If you know someone with ADHD, ask them who they have seen. The director of your local CHADD chapter ( https://chadd.org/affiliate-locator/ ) often knows providers in your area who have worked with chapter members. Your primary care provider might prescribe ADHD medications. If not, he or she will often refer you to someone who does. University medical centers have health centers that provide mental health services. Many have specialized ADHD clinics or behavioral health clinics. If not, there will be a be an outpatient mental health clinic where ADHD patients are seen. Consider asking your pastor, the principal of your child’s school, the president of your PTA, or other community leaders who know who’s who in your locale. Search provider databases at chadd.org, www.add.org or www.additudemag.com, All providers in these databases specialize in ADHD. The provider referral service at psychologytoday.com has a robust database. Narrow the search with the selections on the left of the page: select ‘ADHD’ in the Issues category and ‘Psychiatrists’ in the ‘See Nearest’ selector at the bottom. Your search results will include psychiatrists, NPs, and PAs. And last, but not least, there’s Google. Try “ADHD doctor near me” or “ADHD specialist.”
What is the closest over-the-counter medication to Adderall?
Vyvamind is the closest thing available over-the-counter to Adderall. Although it’s not as effective as Adderall, it does have the same effects, and is legal to take without a prescription. It also contains B vitamins, which are essential for the functioning of neurons. It also helps the body metabolize dopamine.
Is it hard to get an Adderall?
If you’ve had trouble filling your Adderall prescription for yourself or your child, you’re not alone. Many patients (and parents of patients) have found themselves struggling to fill orders for Adderall and other drugs to treat ADHD at their local pharmacies of late, says Ann Childress, MD, a psychiatrist in private practice in Las Vegas, Nevada, and president of the American Professional Society of ADHD and Related Disorders.
Patients and parents report calling pharmacies many miles from home and still coming up short, says Dr. Childress. Others have asked their doctors for alternative medications for the condition, some of which have also been in short supply, and may not be as effective as the drugs they were previously taking, she adds.
The reason: a shortage of the immediate release form of amphetamine mixed salts (Adderall or Adderall IR), a widely prescribed ADHD drug, since October 2022, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), The shortage now impacts other stimulant medications as well, according to the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, which tracks the availability of drugs.
There is also an impending shortage of Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine), a common alternative for Adderall, due to both manufacturing delays and increased demand, according to its manufacturer Takeda Pharmaceuticals, Only certain dosages are expected to be affected, although supply issues could extend into September.
Adderall and other stimulant drugs used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are very effective for children and adults with the condition. “ADHD is a brain disorder. When correctly diagnosed, drugs such as Adderall allow children to focus in school and adults to focus on their job and everyday critical tasks, such as driving,” says Jennifer McWilliams, MD, the division chief of psychiatry at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska.
Does Adderall improve mood?
Healthy adults who take prescription stimulants like Adderall do report improved mood and perceived neurocognitive enhancement.
Why can’t I get Adderall?
I n October 2022, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a shortage of amphetamine mixed salts—a drug category that includes Adderall, the stimulant medication often used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). In the six months since, little has changed.
- Numerous amphetamine mixed salts products are still in short supply, although certain manufacturers expect to release additional inventory in April or May, according to an Apr.10 update to the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists’ (ASHP) drug shortage database.
- Half a year may seem like ample time to get more of a medication into production and circulation.
But experts say ending a drug shortage is more complex than it seems—particularly when it comes to a heavily regulated substance like Adderall. “Six months feels like a long time, and it absolutely is a long time for patients,” says Emily Tucker, an assistant professor of industrial engineering at Clemson University who studies drug shortages.
“But in the broader context of the pharma industry, it’s very common to see shortages of over a year.” Drug shortages are usually caused by manufacturing disruptions, Tucker says. When the FDA announced the Adderall shortage last year, it pointed to “ongoing intermittent manufacturing delays” at Teva Pharmaceuticals, a major supplier of Adderall.
But increasing demand seems to be a big factor, too. ADHD diagnoses and stimulant prescriptions are on the rise, apparently driven partially by relaxed prescribing standards during the pandemic and partially by better awareness and detection of the condition.
Why does Adderall make me feel calm?
If you take Adderall to help manage your ADHD, you may have noticed a surprising side effect. You might feel really calm or sleepy. Or you may have low energy, also known as fatigue, It’s rare, but it happens. Here’s why, and how to handle it. Adderall is a stimulant that boosts your levels of serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine,
- These are neurotransmitters in your brain that calm and relax you so you can focus better.
- They also affect sleep in different ways.
- That may be the reason the drug causes drowsiness in some but not others.
- In studies, 2% to 4% of kids who took the drug had low energy and sleepiness.
- For adults, it was 6%.
It might help to practice good sleep hygiene. That’s some steps you can take to help you snooze better. This may curb drowsiness. You should:
Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day.Don’t drink alcohol or caffeinated beverages.Don’t eat heavy meals before bed. Exercise,Don’t watch TV or use your smartphone 30 minutes to 1 hour before bed.Keep your room dark and quiet.
A more common cause of sleepiness related to Adderall is stopping the drug after you’ve used it for a long time or after you’ve been taking a high dose. Doing that suddenly instead of having a doctor slowly wean you off of it can make your sleepiness worse.
- This is known as an Adderall crash.
- You should talk to your doctor if your sleepiness doesn’t get better after making a few lifestyle changes.
- It might help to change your dose.
- You could also try another ADHD drug, like Ritalin or Dexedrine,
- They might not affect you the same way.
- Other options include: Nonstimulants like Strattera and Qelbree are selective norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (NRIs).
They raise your levels of norepinephrine, a chemical messenger that’s important for focus and attention. Blood pressure medications like Intuniv and Kapvay are other nonstimulants that are FDA-approved to treat ADHD. Antidepressants, Some, like tricyclics and bupropion, have been shown to help with ADHD.
Blurred vision DizzinessDrowsiness Dry mouth Low blood pressure Problems peeing or pooping Sweating Tremors or shaking Upset stomach Weight gain
Possible side effects of bupropion are:
Anxiety Headaches Rashes Upset stomach
Blood pressure medication. Studies have shown that some may ease hyperactivity, impulsiveness, and aggression. But they don’t seem to help as much with attention. Also a downside: These might make you tired, The doctor can help you figure out which medication works for you with the fewest side effects.
Why do stimulants calm ADHD?
How stimulant medications work – Stimulants are believed to work by increasing dopamine levels in the brain. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter associated with motivation, pleasure, attention, and movement. For many people with ADHD, stimulant medications boost concentration and focus while reducing hyperactive and impulsive behaviors.
Can I drink caffeine on Adderall?
But, in general, it’s not recommended to drink coffee while taking Adderall. While small amounts of coffee may not worsen Adderall’s side effects, combining the two can raise the risk of side effects like high blood pressure, elevated heart rate, feeling jittery, and trouble sleeping.
Can you buy ADHD pills?
There are no over the counter ADHD medications. Every standard pharmaceutical treatment for ADHD – such as Adderall, Vyvanse, Ritalin, Focalin, Desoxyn and Concerta – are prescription-only drugs in almost all jurisdictions.
What happens if you take ADHD medication and you don t have ADHD?
In people who don’t have ADHD, because Adderall produces an excess amount of dopamine, users may experience feelings of euphoria and increased energy levels, as well as possible dangerous physical and emotional side effects.
Can I get ADHD meds without a doctor?
Yes, ADHD medications can be prescribed after a thorough assessment by a board certified clinician. Done. connects patients with providers in their location that can help ADHD patients identify the personalized treatment they need. Who can prescribe ADHD medications? Only licensed clinicians such as a nurse practitioner, neurologist, or psychiatrist, can prescribe medications for adults with ADHD.
- Depending on each state’s regulations and following CDC’s guidelines, ADHD medications can be prescribed online or in-person.
- How do online ADHD medication prescriptions work? There are a series of steps required before medication is prescribed: Patients are sent through a system that checks all states’ Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) within 48 hours of their visit.
The patient’s PDMP report is reviewed by internal teams that have been trained by pharmacists to identify potential patterns of abuse or misuse, after clearance. The patient’s PDMP report is reviewed by their provider and ultimately cleared by them in accordance with state regulation(s).
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Is Adderall Legal in Europe?
ADHD Weekly, January 16, 2020 Do you plan to travel out of the United States, either for business or on vacation? Before you go, you need to reach out to both the US Department of State and the embassy of the country you plan to visit if you intend to take your ADHD medication with you.
- Travelers should not assume that medications approved in the US are approved in another country,” the State Department advises,
- At least two months before departure, the traveler should consult with the treating physician about specific medications and obtain a list of comparable, generic names, including their dosage and composition, in case there is a need for a refill if the medication is licensed.” What could happen if you don’t check The State Department describes the situation of a US citizen who was arrested while visiting Japan after her stimulant medication was shipped to her there.
She had requested the medication be repackaged in the hope of protecting her privacy. Her prescription Adderall, which is an amphetamine, is not legal in Japan. “She was released after 18 days and heavy US legislative- and diplomatic-level lobbying,” the State Department reports.
- It warns that other countries, including countries in the Middle East, Asia, and Southeast Asia also ban or restrict ADHD medications commonly prescribed in the United States.
- European countries often have limitations on these medications, making it important for you or your doctor to check on regulations in those countries before you travel overseas with your medications.
You should also contact the State Department for additional information. Not all countries allow stimulant medications “It’s important to understand that some US prescriptions are actually considered illegal narcotics in Europe, such as Adderall and other stimulant drugs used to treat ADHD,” says Micaela Kliegl, SAI Programs’ vice president of enrollment services.
- SAI helps to place students in study abroad programs.
- Even if your US doctor prescribed these medications legally to you in the US, that won’t fly in Europe.
- You can still bring them legally, but you need to have the right documentation.” In some countries where certain medications are banned, being found with stimulant medications could mean being arrested.
Preparing for your trip abroad In addition to the State Department’s recommendation that you contact the embassy of the country you plan to visit and discuss your travel plans with your doctor, consider the following:
How can you receive official approval to bring your medication if it is limited in your destination country? What medications can your doctor prescribe for you that are legal in your destination country? Is there a local doctor with whom you can consult in your destination country? Is there a pharmacy nearby that carries your medication and can accept a US prescription? Will your insurance cover overseas medical care or do you need to purchase additional insurance?
Getting answers to these questions as early as possible will allow you to make needed changes to your treatment plan before you leave. If you are traveling with an organization, study abroad program, cruise line, or other agency, contact that agency for additional information or recommendations. Medication travel tips
Make sure the label on the medication bottle identifies the person who has been prescribed the medication. Always carry medications in their original containers, listing both brand and generic names. Keep medications with you in a carry-on bag or purse. All adults should carry their own medication. An adult caring for a child can carry the child’s medication along with the child’s travel paperwork. Carry a copy of your doctor’s prescription and the reason for your medication. Keep information about your diagnosis or medications to yourself to reduce the risk of theft while traveling. Make sure you have enough medication to cover your entire trip. If you will need your medication refilled, discuss this with your doctor ahead of time. Look for a pharmacy near your hotel, Airbnb, or hostel that can refill your prescription if needed.
Learn more before you go:
Traveling Abroad with Medicine Your Health Abroad US State Department: Learn About Your Destination Contact Info for Foreign Embassies & Consulates
Join the discussion: Have your traveled to another country with your ADHD medication? What was your experience?
When will Adderall be available?
Estimated Resupply Dates –
Alvogen has all presentations on back order and the company estimates a release date in June 2023.Camber has all presentations on back order and the company cannot estimate a release date.Lannett has amphetamine mixed salts 7.5 mg immediate-release tablets on back order and the company cannot estimate a release date.Rhodes has amphetamines mixed salts 10 mg, 20 mg, and 30 mg immediate-release tablets on back order and the company estimates a release date in July 2023.Teva has Adderall 5 mg, 10 mg, 15 mg, 20 mg, and 30 mg immediate-release tablets on back order and the company estimates a release date in early-July 2023.Teva has amphetamine mixed salts 5 mg, 10 mg, 12.5 mg, 15 mg, and 30 mg immediate-release tablets on intermittent back order and the company is releasing supplies as they become available. The 7.5 mg and 20 mg tablets are on back order and the company estimates a release date of late-July 2023 for the 7.5 mg tablets and mid- to late-August 2023 for the 20 mg tablets.
Can I order my Adderall online?
DEXTROAMPHETAMINE/AMPHETAMINE – IMPORTANT: HOW TO USE THIS INFORMATION: This is a summary and does NOT have all possible information about this product. This information does not assure that this product is safe, effective, or appropriate for you. This information is not individual medical advice and does not substitute for the advice of your health care professional.
Always ask your healthcare professional for complete information about this product and your specific health needs. DEXTROAMPHETAMINE/AMPHETAMINE- ORAL (am-FET-a-meen/DEX-troe-am-FET-a-meen) COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Adderall WARNING: Misuse or abuse of amphetamine may cause serious (possibly fatal) heart and blood pressure problems.
Amphetamine-type medications can be habit-forming. Use only as directed. If you use this drug for a long time, you may become dependent on it and may have withdrawal symptoms after stopping the drug. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details. (See also How to Use section).
USE: This medication, which combines amphetamine and dextroamphetamine, is used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It is a member of a class of drugs known as stimulants and works by altering the levels of certain chemicals in the brain. It may improve your ability to focus, stay attentive, and manage behavioral issues, as well as help you to better organize your tasks and improve your listening skills.
This medication is also used to treat narcolepsy, a sleep disorder that causes excessive daytime sleepiness. It helps individuals stay awake during the day. However, it should not be used to combat fatigue or to delay sleep in individuals who do not have a sleep disorder.
- HOW TO USE: Read the Medication Guide provided by your pharmacist before you start taking amphetamine/dextroamphetamine and each time you get a refill.
- If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
- Take this medication by mouth with or without food as directed by your doctor, usually 1 to 3 times a day.
The first dose is usually taken when you wake up in the morning. If more doses are prescribed, take them as directed by your doctor, usually 4-6 hours apart. Taking this medication late in the day may cause trouble sleeping (insomnia). The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment.
- Your doctor may adjust your dose to find the dose that is best for you.
- Follow your doctor’s instructions carefully.
- Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it.
- To help you remember, take it at the same time(s) each day.
- During treatment, your doctor may occasionally recommend stopping the medication for a short time to see whether there are any changes in your behavior and whether the medication is still needed.
If this medication has been taken regularly for an extended period of time or in high doses, withdrawal reactions may occur when it is stopped, particularly if it is stopped suddenly. These reactions can include severe tiredness, sleep problems, and changes in mental health or mood, such as depression.
- To prevent these reactions, your doctor may gradually lower your dose.
- If you experience any withdrawal reactions, you should report them to your doctor or pharmacist immediately.
- They can provide you with more information and advice on how to manage these reactions.
- While this medication can be beneficial, it has the potential to cause abnormal drug-seeking behavior, which can lead to addiction.
This risk may be higher for individuals who have a history of substance abuse. To reduce the risk of addiction, it is important to take this medication exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not increase your dosage, take the medication more frequently, or take it for longer than directed.
- Follow your healthcare provider’s instructions for properly discontinuing the medication when appropriate.
- When this medication is used for a long time, it may not work as well.
- Talk with your doctor if this medication stops working well.
- Tell your doctor if your condition does not improve or if it worsens.
Adderall SIDE EFFECTS: Loss of appetite, weight loss, dry mouth, stomach upset/pain, nausea/vomiting, dizziness, headache, diarrhea, fever, nervousness, and trouble sleeping may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor promptly.
Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects. This medication may raise your blood pressure. Check your blood pressure regularly and tell your doctor if the results are high.
Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: signs of blood flow problems in the fingers or toes (such as coldness, numbness, pain, or skin color changes), unusual wounds on the fingers or toes, mental/mood/behavior changes (such as agitation, aggression, mood swings, depression, abnormal thoughts, thoughts of suicide), uncontrolled movements, continuous chewing movements/teeth grinding, outbursts of words/sounds, change in sexual ability/desire, frequent/prolonged erections (in males).
Get medical help right away if you have any very serious side effects, including: shortness of breath, chest/jaw/left arm pain, fainting, severe headache, fast/pounding/irregular heartbeat, seizures, swelling of the ankles/feet, extreme tiredness, blurred vision, weakness on one side of the body, slurred speech, confusion.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, or trouble breathing.
- This is not a complete list of possible side effects.
- If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
- In the US – Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
- You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or at www.fda.gov/medwatch.
- In Canada – Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345. Adderall PRECAUTIONS: Before taking this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other sympathomimetic drugs (such as lisdexamfetamine); or if you have any other allergies.
This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details. Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: blood circulation problems (such as Raynaud’s disease), certain mental/mood conditions (such as severe agitation, psychosis), personal/family history of mental/mood disorders (such as bipolar disorder, depression, psychotic disorder, suicidal thoughts), heart problems (including irregular heartbeat/rhythm, coronary artery disease, heart failure, cardiomyopathy, problems with the heart structure such as valve problems), family history of heart problems (such as sudden death/irregular heartbeat/rhythm), history of stroke, high blood pressure, overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism), a certain eye problem (glaucoma), seizures, personal or family history of regular use/abuse of drugs/alcohol, personal or family history of uncontrolled muscle movements (such as Tourette’s syndrome), kidney disease, liver disease.
This drug may make you dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires alertness until you are sure you can perform such activities safely. Limit alcoholic beverages. Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products).
Children may be more sensitive to the side effects of this drug, especially weight loss. This medication may slow down a child’s growth. The doctor may recommend temporarily stopping the medication from time to time to reduce this risk. Monitor your child’s weight and height. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details.
Older adults may be more sensitive to the side effects of this drug, especially chest pain, trouble sleeping, or weight loss. Adderall During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
Infants born to mothers who are dependent on this medication may be born too soon (premature) and have low birth weight. They may also have withdrawal symptoms. Tell your doctor right away if you notice possible mood changes, agitation, or unusual tiredness in your newborn. This medication passes into breast milk and may have undesirable effects on a nursing infant.
Therefore, breast-feeding is not recommended while using this drug. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding. Adderall DRUG INTERACTIONS: Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions.
Eep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor’s approval. Taking MAO inhibitors with this medication may cause a serious (possibly fatal) drug interaction.
Avoid taking MAO inhibitors (isocarboxazid, linezolid, methylene blue, moclobemide, phenelzine, procarbazine, rasagiline, selegiline, tranylcypromine) during treatment with this medication. Most MAO inhibitors should also not be taken for two weeks before treatment with this medication.
- Ask your doctor when to start or stop taking this medication.
- Check the labels on all your medicines (such as cough-and-cold products, diet aids) because they may contain ingredients that could increase your heart rate or blood pressure.
- Ask your pharmacist about using these products safely.
- Dextroamphetamine is very similar to lisdexamfetamine.
Do not use medications containing lisdexamfetamine while using dextroamphetamine. This medication may interfere with certain medical/laboratory tests (including blood and urine steroid levels, brain scan for Parkinson’s disease), possibly causing false test results.
- Make sure laboratory personnel and all your doctors know you use this drug.
- Adderal OVERDOSE: If someone has overdosed and has serious symptoms such as passing out or trouble breathing, call 911.
- Otherwise, call a poison control center right away.
- US residents can call their local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222.
Canada residents can call a provincial poison control center. Symptoms of overdose may include: severe mental/mood changes, seizures, severe/persistent headache, severe restlessness, fast breathing. NOTES: Do not share this medication with others. It is against the law.
Laboratory and/or medical tests (such as blood pressure, heart rate, growth monitoring in children) may be performed periodically to monitor your progress or check for side effects. Consult your doctor for more details. MISSED DOSE: If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember in the morning hours.
If it is late in the afternoon or near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up. Adderall STORAGE: Store at room temperature away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom.
Eep all medications away from children and pets. Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company. Information last revised July 2016.
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|Medication||Available Strengths||Similar Medications||Days Supply Price||Condition|
|Dextroamphetamine-Amphetamine Tablet (CS)||10mg||Adderall®||ADHD / Narcolepsy|
|Dextroamphetamine-Amphetamine Tablet (CS)||15mg||Adderall®||ADHD / Narcolepsy|
|Dextroamphetamine-Amphetamine Tablet (CS)||20mg||Adderall®||ADHD / Narcolepsy|
|Dextroamphetamine-Amphetamine Tablet (CS)||30mg||Adderall®||ADHD / Narcolepsy|
|Dextroamphetamine-Amphetamine Tablet (CS)||5mg||Adderall®||ADHD / Narcolepsy|
|Dextroamphetamine-Amphetamine ER Capsule (CS)||10mg||Adderall® XR *||ADHD|
|Dextroamphetamine-Amphetamine ER Capsule (CS)||15mg||Adderall® XR *||ADHD|
|Dextroamphetamine-Amphetamine ER Capsule (CS)||20mg||Adderall® XR *||ADHD|
|Dextroamphetamine-Amphetamine ER Capsule (CS)||25mg||Adderall® XR *||ADHD|
|Dextroamphetamine-Amphetamine ER Capsule (CS)||30mg||Adderall® XR *||ADHD|
|Dextroamphetamine-Amphetamine ER Capsule (CS)||5mg||Adderall® XR *||ADHD|
Can you buy Adderall or do you need a prescription?
To save people from Adderall abuse, it is sold by prescription only. However, you may find natural Adderall in the form of dietary supplements without a prescription too.
What is a natural Adderall replacement?
Natural Alternatives to Adderall – Some people believe omega-3 and omega-9 fatty acids, vitamin D, acetyl-L-carnitine, zinc and Ginkgo may work as natural alternatives to Adderall. However, evidence shows no conclusive long-term efficacy. The World Federation of Societies of Biological Psychiatry and the Canadian Network for Mood and Anxiety Treatment report that Ginkgo and vitamin D may serve as weak ADHD treatments.
Can you get Adderall over the counter?
With various cognitive benefits, including mental clarity, enhanced attention, higher focus, and an improvement in brain performance, Adderall is a prescription drug used to treat ADHD. There are several natural over-the-counter alternatives to Adderall in 2023.