As a doctor who treats ADHD, I am frequently asked about Adderall dosages. Adderall is a stimulant that is used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy.
Adderall is a stimulant that is used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy.
It affects the chemicals in the brain that contribute to hyperactivity and impulse control.
Adderall comes in tablet form that range from 5mg to 30mg. The starting dose is 5mg or 10mg each morning (for age 6 and above) and may be adjusted in 5-10 mg increments up to 30mg per day.
The regular version begins working in about 30-60 minutes and has an average duration of about 4-5 hours. The XR (extended release) version has on onset of about 60-90 minutes and lasts longer (10-12 hours).
Remember, medications affect everyone differently. As a result, you may need to work with your doctor in order to alter your dosage and medication times. It is important to attend regularly scheduled medication monitoring sessions with your treating doctor. Report any negative side effects.
You may ingest it by swallowing the tablets or by sprinkling the contents of the tablet on a spoonful of applesauce. It typically lasts longer than most other extended or sustained release stimulants. In addition, it is less likely to produce rebound. (Rebound is the phenomenon where some experience irritability or depression for up to an hour as the drug wears off.)
Since this drug is a stimulant, the possible side effects are familiar to anyone who has ever consumed too much caffeine: nausea, loss of appetite or weight loss, headache, sleep disturbances or insomnia. For additional info about side effects, vist click Adderall side effects. For information about withdrawal visit Adderall withdrawal.
It is vital that you inform your doctor if you have any of the following conditions: a history of alcohol or drug abuse, glaucoma, heart condition or recent history of a heart attack.
Also report any history of high blood pressure, liver disease, or mental illness (anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, mania, schizophrenia, etc.).
In addition, it is important to report any history of motor tics, family history or diagnosis of Tourette's syndrome, overactive thyroid, seizures (convulsions) or abnormal brain scan, an allergy to Focalin or Ritalin, medicine allergies, food allergies, are pregnant or trying to get pregnant, or are breast-feeding.
Any stimulant may be habit-forming and should be used only by the person for whom it was prescribed. The full dose of this drug is released at once if chopped, crushed and snorted. Be sure to read about the dangers of Adderall abuse.
Always keep all medication stored in a secure place where it is not accessible to others, especially out of the reach of small children.
Never crush and snort Adderall. Never share your medications with others, or take any medications not prescribed specifically for you.
Also, never sell your medications to others, and always take your medications exactly as prescribed by your doctor.