Adderall is often administered to treat ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) and it is also used to treat narcolepsy. Adderall
is considered a stimulant, but when it is used at low doses to treat ADHD, the drug normally will have a calming effect. To treat narcolepsy, the drug Adderall is administered at higher doses. The higher dose allows the drug to act as stimulant, which helps those with narcolepsy to remain awake. In addition, there are some other uses for Adderall. These include treating depression or uses for weight loss.
Adderall, also known as amphetamine and dextroamphetamine, is available by prescription only medicine. Specific Adderall uses
Adderall for ADHD
The symptoms for ADHD can vary, but normally include: difficulty when it comes to paying attention and sitting still. In many cases, there will also be issues with the child controlling his or her behavior. In most ADHD cases, these issues are worse than what we see in children of the same age. Normally, the ADHD symptoms
will be present in the child before age seven in order for the child to be diagnosed as ADHD. In addition, the symptoms must be shown to also affect the school work, social life, or work habits in some negative way before the person is determined to have ADHD.
ADHD generally affects younger children, but adults and teenagers can also have the condition. Diagnosing ADHD in teens and adults is not the same as diagnosing it in children.
For maximum success, an ADHD treatment plan must include social, personal, educational, and psychotherapy. When lifestyle changes do not effectively treat the condition, ADHD medications, like Adderall, are often considered.
While Adderall is a known stimulant drug, it can also bring about the opposite effect found in most stimulants. Generally, stimulants (such as coffee and caffeine) often bring about hyperactivity, when taken in high doses. For ADHD, Adderall is usually given in smaller doses, causing a calming effect. Doctors are not sure why Adderall produces this calming effect, but they suspect it has to do with chemicals within the brain.
Adderall for Narcolepsy
Adderall is often used to treat narcolepsy and is licensed for that treatment. The main symptoms of narcolepsy are: sudden, uncontrolled sleep, which can take place at anytime and any place. Those who have narcolepsy may seem to be paralyzed as they sleep deeply. Some have reported having hallucinations when they fall asleep. These same people may fall asleep many times during the course of single day.
As mentioned above, Adderall is considered a stimulant. In the treatment of narcolepsy, Adderall is given at much higher doses than the dose administered for ADHD. The higher doses will then have a stimulating effect on those taking it, which can help those with narcolepsy to remain awake during the day.
There may be occasions when your doctor may recommend Adderall treatment for some other conditions. This is referred to as "off-label" use. As of now, Adderall off-label use is for:
- Treating those who have depression (see Adderall for Depression)
- Weight loss
This medication is known to cause withdrawal reactions is some people. This can be especially true for those who have been using regularly for extended periods of time. Generally, it takes at least several weeks before withdrawal symptoms are likely, and for those who have been on high doses. Withdrawal symptoms may include severe tiredness, depression and other mood changes, and sleep problems. Any of these may occur if the person suddenly stops taking this medication. To prevent withdrawal symptoms from happening, the doctor may slowly take you off by reducing the adderall dose
gradually. Talk to your doctor for more details, and always report any withdrawal symptoms immediately.
In some rare cases, this drug can also lead to addiction. You should never increase your dosage or take it more often than prescribed. The longer you stay on the drug the more likely addition can become. When your doctor takes you off Adderall, go off it. Follow his or her instructions and you will be less likely to have problems.