Adhansia XR vs. Adderall

Reviewed on 1/27/2021

Are Adhansia XR and Adderall the Same Thing?

Adhansia XR (methylphenidate hydrochloride) and Adderall (amphetamine and dextroamphetamine salts) are central nervous system (CNS) stimulants used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

Adderall is also used to treat narcolepsy.

Side effects of Adhansia XR and Adderall that are similar include sleep problems (insomnia), dry mouth, decreased appetite, and weight loss.

Side effects of Adderall that are different from Adhansia XR include nervousness, restlessness, excitability, irritability, agitation, dizziness, headache, fear, anxiety, agitation, tremor, weakness, blurred vision, unpleasant taste in mouth, diarrhea, constipation, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, fever, hair loss, loss of interest in sex, impotence, difficulty having an orgasm, increased blood pressure, increased heart rate, and heart palpitations.

Both Adhansia XR and Adderall may interact with stomach acid reducers.

Adhansia XR may also interact with monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs).

Adderall may also interact with heart or blood pressure medications, diuretics (water pills), cold or allergy medicines (antihistamines), acetazolamide, chlorpromazine, ethosuximide, haloperidol, lithium, meperidine, methenamine, phenytoin, phenobarbital, reserpine, ammonium chloride, ascorbic acid (vitamin C), potassium phosphate, antacids, sodium bicarbonate (Alka-Seltzer), potassium citrate, sodium citrate and citric acid, sodium citrate and potassium, and antidepressants.

What Are Possible Side Effects of Adhansia XR?

Common side effects of Adhansia XR include:

  • insomnia,
  • dry mouth,
  • decreased appetite, and
  • weight loss

What Are Possible Side Effects of Adderall?

Common side effects of Adderall include:

  • nervousness,
  • restlessness,
  • excitability,
  • irritability,
  • agitation,
  • 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,
  • weight loss,
  • loss of interest in sex,
  • impotence,
  • difficulty having an orgasm,
  • increase blood pressure,
  • increased heart rate, and
  • heart palpitations.

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What Is Adhansia XR?

Adhansia XR (methylphenidate hydrochloride) is a central nervous system (CNS) stimulant indicated for the treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in patients 6 years and older. Adhansia XR is available in generic form.

What Is Adderall?

Adderall is a central nervous system stimulant prescription medicine. It is used for the treatment of Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Adderall may help increase attention and decrease impulsiveness and hyperactivity in patients with ADHD.

Adderall should be used as a part of a total treatment program for ADHD that may include counseling or other therapies.

Adderall is also used in the treatment of a sleep disorder called narcolepsy.

Adderall is a federally controlled substance (CII) because it can be abused or lead to dependence. Keep Adderall in a safe place to prevent misuse and abuse. Selling or giving away Adderall may harm others, and is against the law.

Tell your doctor if you or your child have (or have a family history of) ever abused or been dependent on alcohol, prescription medicines or street drugs.

What Drugs Interact With Adhansia XR?

Adhansia XR may interact with monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) and medications to treat excess stomach acid. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use.

What Drugs Interact With Adderall?

Tell your doctor if you or your child are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding.

Can Adderall be taken with other medicines?

Tell your doctor about all of the medicines that you or your child take including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Adderall and some medicines may interact with each other and cause serious side effects. Sometimes the doses of other medicines will need to be adjusted while taking Adderall.

Your doctor will decide whether Adderall can be taken with other medicines.

Especially tell your doctor if you or your child take:

  • anti-depression medicines including MAOIs
  • blood pressure medicines
  • seizure medicines
  • blood thinner medicines
  • cold or allergy medicines that contain decongestants
  • stomach acid medicines

Know the medicines that you or your child take. Keep a list of your medicines with you to show your doctor and pharmacist.

Do not start any new medicine while taking Adderall without talking to your doctor first.

How Should Adhansia XR be Taken?

The recommended starting dose of Adhansia XR for patients 6 years and older is 25 mg once daily in the morning. The dosage of Adhansia XR may be increased in increments of 10 to 15 mg at intervals of at least 5 days.

How Should Adderall be Taken?

Take Adderall exactly as prescribed.

Your doctor may adjust the dose until it is right for you or your child.

Adderall tablets are usually taken two to three times a day. The first dose is usually taken when you first wake in the morning. One or two more doses may be taken during the day, 4 to 6 hours apart.

Adderall can be taken with or without food.

From time to time, your doctor may stop Adderall treatment for a while to check ADHD symptoms.

Your doctor may do regular checks of the blood, heart, and blood pressure while taking Adderall. Children should have their height and weight checked often while taking Adderall. Adderall treatment may be stopped if a problem is found during these check-ups.

If you or your child take too much Adderall or overdoses, call your doctor or poison control center right away, or get emergency treatment.

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References
Adlon Therapeutics L.P. Adhansia XR Product Information.

adhansiaxr-hcp.com

FDA. Adderall Drug Information.

https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2017/011522s043lbl.pdf

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