Adderall - What Is It?
Adderall, active ingredients amphetamine and dextroamphetamine, is a medication that is available by prescription only. It is used for the treatment of ADHD and narcolepsy. Since Adderall contains an amphetamine, it is commonly abused so there are specific guidelines to prescribing and distributing it.
Who is the Manufacturer of Adderall?
Adderall by the brand name is made by Shire US, Inc. There are generic versions of this medication that are made by many different companies.
As it was mentioned above, Adderall has been licensed for the treatment of ADHD. Those who have ADHD not only struggle to sit still, but they also have a hard time focusing, controlling their behavior and paying attention. Although ADHD is commonly associated with children, it can also be found in adults and teens.
Adderall has also been licensed to treat narcolepsy. This condition involves uncontrollable sleeping at odd times. Those who have it will often look like they are paralyzed when they fall asleep and they will often experience hallucinations at the time that they fall asleep. Those who have narcolepsy will often find that they fall asleep many times throughout the day.
How it works
This is a stimulant medication, but it tends to have a calming effect on ADHD patients. Usually, common stimulants such as caffeine can cause a person to be hyper, but when Adderall is prescribed in the lower ADHD doses, it has the opposite effect. It is not known exactly how this happens, but studies have shown that this medication works with the brain chemicals. It is often used at the higher stimulant doses when treating narcolepsy.
Potential Side Effects
As is the case with all medications, there is the potential for side effects. Not all patients that take Adderall will notice side effects as it is generally well tolerated. If side effects are noticed, they are usually minor and require little or no treatment.
Generic Forms of Adderall
At this time, there are both brand name and generic versions of the medication for sale.