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Quillichew ER vs. Adderall

Are Quillichew ER and Adderall the Same Thing?

QuilliChew ER (methylphenidate hydrochloride) extended-release chewable tablets 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 QuilliChew ER and Adderall that are similar include weight loss, anxiety, dizziness, irritability, rapid or increased heart rate, decreased appetite, headache, nausea, vomiting, stomach/abdominal pain, sleep problems (insomnia), nervousness, restlessness, agitation, tremor, blurred vision, palpitations, fever, and increased blood pressure.

Side effects of QuilliChew ER that are different from Adderall include mood swings, aggression, indigestion, spinning sensation (vertigo), or increased sweating.

Side effects of Adderall that are different from QuilliChew ER include excitability, fear, agitation, weakness, unpleasant taste in the mouth, diarrhea, constipation, hair loss, loss of interest in sex, impotence, or difficulty having an orgasm.

QuilliChew ER may interact with monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs).

Adderall may 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, stomach acid reducers, or antidepressants.

Withdrawal symptoms may occur if you suddenly stop taking QuilliChew ER or Adderall.

What Are Possible Side Effects of Quillichew ER?

Common side effects of Quillichew ER include:

  • weight loss,
  • anxiety,
  • dizziness,
  • irritability,
  • mood swings,
  • rapid heart rate,
  • decreased appetite,
  • aggression,
  • headache,
  • nausea,
  • abdominal pain,
  • indigestion,
  • dry mouth,
  • vomiting,
  • insomnia,
  • nervousness,
  • restlessness,
  • agitation,
  • spinning sensation (vertigo),
  • tremor,
  • blurred vision,
  • palpitations,
  • increased sweating,
  • fever, and
  • increased blood pressure.

What Are Possible Side Effects of Adderall?

Common side effects of Adderall include:

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;
  • fever;
  • hair loss, loss of appetite, weight loss; or
  • loss of interest in sex, impotence, or difficulty having an orgasm.

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.

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ADHD Symptoms in Children See Slideshow

What Is Quillichew ER?

QuilliChew ER (methylphenidate hydrochloride) extended-release chewable tablets is a central nervous system (CNS) stimulant indicated for the treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

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.

What Drugs Interact With Quillichew ER?

QuilliChew ER may interact with monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs). Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you or your child uses. During pregnancy, QuilliChew ER should be used only if prescribed. It is unknown if it would affect a fetus. QuilliChew ER passes into breast milk. It is unknown if it would affect a nursing infant. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding. Withdrawal symptoms may occur if you suddenly stop taking QuilliChew ER.

What Drugs Interact With Adderall?

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.

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How Should Quillichew ER Be Taken?

For patients 6 years and above, the recommended starting dose of QuilliChew ER is 20 mg given orally once daily in the morning.

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
SOURCE:

NextWave Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Quillichew ER Product Information.

https://www.quillivantxr-quillichewer.com/

FDA. Adderall Product Information.

https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2007/011522s040lbl.pdf

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