Adderall (amphetamine/dextroamphetamine) is a combination of two central nervous system stimulant medications used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder – ADHD. It works by increasing norepinephrine and dopamine, two naturally-occurring chemicals in the brain that speed up brain activity and can help increase your ability to pay attention, stay focused on an activity, and control behavior problems. It may also help you organize tasks and improve listening skills. Generic Adderall is also used to treat a chronic sleep disorder that causes extreme daytime drowsiness called narcolepsy by helping you stay awake during the day. Generic Adderall should not be used to treat mild fatigue or tiredness or to keep people awake who do not have a sleep disorder.
Romanian chemist named Lazar Edeleanu first synthesized amphetamine in 1887 and in 1929 Gordon Alles, a California-based biochemist injected himself with 50 mg of amphetamine to view the effects of the drug. He went on to publish his findings and patent amphetamine sulfate and amphetamine hydrochloride in 1932. Fast-forward to 1996 when Richwood Pharmaceuticals (later merging with Shire Pharmaceuticals) introduced Adderall, a dextroamphetamine/amphetamine blend to treat attention deficit disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and narcolepsy. Amphetamine was also used during World War II to help stimulate troops.
How to use generic Adderall
Read the Medication Guide provided by your pharmacist before you start taking generic Adderall and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist. Take generic Adderall 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 generic Adderall 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 generic Adderall 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 you suddenly stop using generic Adderall, you may have withdrawal symptoms (such as severe tiredness, sleep problems, mental/mood changes such as depression). To help prevent withdrawal, your doctor may lower your dose slowly. Withdrawal is more likely if you have used generic Adderall for a long time or in high doses. Tell your doctor or pharmacist right away if you have withdrawal. Though it helps many people, generic Adderall may sometimes cause addiction. This risk may be higher if you have a substance use disorder (such as overuse of or addiction to drugs/alcohol). Do not increase your dose, take it more often, or use it for a longer time than prescribed. Properly stop generic Adderall when so directed. When generic Adderall is used for a long time, it may not work as well. Talk with your doctor if generic Adderall stops working well.
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.