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Adderall Side Effects Center
Pharmacy Editor: Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD
Adderall (amphetamine and dextroamphetamine salts) is used for treating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. Side effects of Adderall include nervousness, restlessness, excitability, dizziness, headache, fear, anxiety, agitation, tremor, weakness, blurred vision, sleep problems (insomnia), dry mouth or unpleasant taste in the mouth, diarrhea, constipation, stomach pain nausea, vomiting, fever, hair loss, loss of appetite, and weight loss. Blood pressure and heart rate may increase, and patients may experience heart palpitations. Adderall is habit forming and chronic use may lead to dependence.
The usual dose of Adderall is 2.5-60 mg daily administered in one or three doses. Adderall should not be taken with monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) (for example, phenelzine [Nardil]). Adderall should not be used in pregnancy. Mothers taking Adderall should refrain from nursing because amphetamines are excreted in human milk and can have undesirable effects on the child.
Our Adderall Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
What is Patient Information in Detail?
Easy-to-read and understand detailed drug information and pill images for the patient or caregiver from Cerner Multum.
Adderall in Detail - Patient Information: Side Effects
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Stop using this medication and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:
- fast, pounding, or uneven heartbeats;
- pain or burning when you urinate;
- talking more than usual, feelings of extreme happiness or sadness;
- tremors, hallucinations, unusual behavior, or motor tics (muscle twitches); or
- dangerously high blood pressure (severe headache, buzzing in your ears, anxiety, confusion, chest pain, shortness of breath, uneven heartbeats, seizure).
Less serious side effects may include:
- headache, weakness, dizziness, blurred vision;
- feeling restless, irritable, or agitated,
- sleep problems (insomnia);
- dry mouth or an unpleasant taste in your mouth;
- diarrhea, constipation, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting;
- hair loss, loss of appetite, weight loss; or
- loss of interest in sex, impotence, or difficulty having an orgasm.
Read the entire detailed patient monograph for Adderall (Amphetamine, Dextroamphetamine Mixed Salts)
What is Patient Information Overview?
A concise overview of the drug for the patient or caregiver from First DataBank.
Adderall Overview - Patient Information: Side Effects
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 of any high results.
Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: numbness/pain/skin color change/sensitivity to temperature in 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, 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.
In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
Read the entire patient information overview for Adderall (Amphetamine, Dextroamphetamine Mixed Salts)
What is Prescribing information?
The FDA package insert formatted in easy-to-find categories for health professionals and clinicians.
Adderall FDA Prescribing Information: Side Effects
Central Nervous System
Vision blurred, mydriasis.
Drug Abuse And Dependence
Adderall® (Dextroamphetamine Saccharate, Amphetamine Aspartate, Dextroamphetamine Sulfate and Amphetamine Sulfate Tablets) is a Schedule II controlled substance.
Amphetamines have been extensively abused. Tolerance, extreme psychological dependence, and severe social disability have occurred. There are reports of patients who have increased the dosage to levels many times higher than recommended. Abrupt cessation following prolonged high dosage administration results in extreme fatigue and mental depression; changes are also noted on the sleep EEG. Manifestations of chronic intoxication with amphetamines include severe dermatoses, marked insomnia, irritability, hyperactivity, and personality changes. The most severe manifestation of chronic intoxication is psychosis, often clinically indistinguishable from schizophrenia.
Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Adderall (Amphetamine, Dextroamphetamine Mixed Salts)
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Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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