Adderall ®

Generic Name: Amphetamine Mixed Salts (am-FET-a-mine)

Drug Class: Amphetamine


Drug Uses

This medication is used for the treatment of narcolepsy, obesity, and attention deficit hyperactive disorder, also known as ADHD.

General Information

This information is for educational purposes only. Not every known side effect, adverse effect, or drug interaction is in this database. If you have questions about your medicines, talk to your health care provider.

How it Works

This medicine works in patients with attention deficit disorders by helping to calm them and increasing their concentration.

How to Take It

It is important to follow your prescription directions carefully and do not suddenly stop taking the medication. This medicine is taken orally and may be taken with food to avoid stomach upset. Doses may vary. Take about the same time every day.

Possible Side Effects

    • Some common side effects reported with this medicine include:

      • chest pounding
      • nervousness
      • trouble sleeping
      • upset stomach
      • dry mouth

    • If you experience other bothersome side effects, contact your health care provider.


    • Those who have heart problems, diabetes, or a history of drug abuse should NOT use this medicine.

    • Children with attention deficit disorders who also have Tourette’s syndrome or tics also should NOT use this medicine.

    • Amphetamines may impair the ability of patients to drive a car or perform other potentially dangerous activities.

    • Amphetamines can be habit forming.


    • Seek medical attention immediately. For non emergencies, contact your local or regional poison control center at 1-800-222-1222.

Drug Interactions

    • Possible drug interactions may occur with monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAO), increasing the risk for irregular hear beat (arrhythmias), seizures, or high blood pressure (hypertension). Talk to your physician or pharmacist if you are taking other medications.

Missed Dose

Take your next dose as soon as you remember. If it is time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double doses.


Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom). Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed.


For women, this medicine is not recommended during pregnancy or for use by nursing mothers. If you suspect that you may be pregnant, talk to you doctor.

More Information

For more information, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or health care provider.

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This information is not intended to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, drug interactions, or adverse effects. This is general information and should not in any event be construed as specific instructions for individual patients. The publisher does not accept any responsibility for the accuracy of the information or the consequences arising from the application, use, or misuse of any of the information contained herein, including any injury and/or damage to any person or property as a matter of product liability, negligence, or otherwise. No warranty, expressed or implied, is made in regard to the contents of this material. The reader is advised to check with their health care provider before making any changes in their drug regimen.

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