Adderall is a prescription medicine containing two drugs: amphetamine and dextroamphetamine. It belongs to a class of drugs called stimulants. It is most commonly used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It is often used to treat narcolepsy.
Adderall is known to be a first-choice treatment option for ADHD. Studies show that it increases attention and focus and decreases impulsive behavior. Between 75% and 80% of children with ADHD will experience improved symptoms with the use of stimulants such as Adderall.
Adderall is also effective in increasing daytime alertness in people with narcolepsy, although there is little research available.
Adderall contains a mixture of different amphetamine and dextroamphetamine types. Specifically, these forms include aspartame amphetamine, sulfate amphetamine, saccharine dextroamphetamine, and sulfate dextroamphetamine.
Adderall can cause mild to serious side effects. The following list provides some of the main side effects that may arise when taking Adderall. The article doesn’t include those possible side effects.
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist for more information on the possible side effects of Adderall or tips on how to deal with a disturbing side effect.
The more common side effects of Adderall may include:
- lack of appetite
- dry mouth
- trouble sleeping
- stomach pain
Adderall and Xanax (alprazolam) are sometimes prescribed together, especially for those who have both ADHD and anxiety. Adderall helps improve concentration and focus, while Xanax is calming and can help relieve symptoms of anxiety.