Adderall for Depression
Adderall has certain side effects. Depression may be a side effect to this drug. Studies comparing the long-acting version with the short-acting version are inconclusive. It has been noted that depression is not often reported for those taking the drug short-term. It should be noted that one of the purposes for Adderall is treat the various symptoms found with depression.
Depression and Adderall:Clinical tests and studies are performed before medicines are used on the public. In these studies, thousands of test subjects are given the medicine. Thousands of others are given a placebo. The two groups are compared and side effects are reported. These studies make it possible to determine which side effects are most likely to occur and how often they may occur. The reported side effects are categorized into one group (1 percent or more had the side effect), and another group (1 percent or less had side effect).
Adderall Uses for DepressionIt may sound strange, but Adderall can be used to treat those who have clinical depression. The drug has yet to be approved for this particular use, but has been shown to rapidly improve many of the common depression symptoms. When a drug is used like this is called "off-label" use. Off-label usage simply means a prescription drug Adderall is used to treat some certain condition that has not yet been approved by the FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration).
Final ConsiderationsWhile Adderall can be used to treat clinical depression, it has also been reported to cause depression as a side effect. If you are taking Adderall be aware of symptoms that accompany depression. In the event you notice any of them, it is important that you contact your doctor as soon as possible and tell him. Your doctor can evaluate the situation and afterwards recommend effective treatment options.
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