Adderall Side Effects

Are Side Effects Of Adderall Harmful?

Since Adderall is a stimulant, Adderall side effects are like that of any other stimulant medications, or drugs such as caffeine.

Adderall is used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and it interacts with chemicals in the brain that contribute to impulse control and hyperactivity.

All medications have side effects, both positive and negative. Common Adderall side effects include decreased appetite, irritability, and insomnia. In extreme cases, more harmful health effects such as rapid pulse or hallucinations can occur.

This article will explain the side effects of Adderall in detail and if you experience adverse or serious side effects it is important to report them to your treating doctor right away.

Common Adderall Side Effects: Appetite Loss

Loss of appetite is a common side effect of Adderall and most every stimulant. See this article about Adderall and weight loss. If appetite changes continue to cause problems, medication times and dosages can be adjusted by your doctor. Often a large breakfast, small lunch and large supper can do the trick. Or a late evening snack can also help.

Sensation Of "Rebound"

Rebound is the specific phenomenon of ADHD stimulants where some users experience irritability or depression for an hour as the drug wears off. One can avoid rebound by spacing the doses closer together, giving a smaller dose after the final larger dose, or by switching to a longer acting stimulant. Recently several new long-acting stimulant preparations have been released. Although the long-acting compounds often have less rebound, it may still occur in susceptible individuals.

Shaky Hands

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Ever consumed too much caffeine? Like all stimulants, Adderall produces the jitters and the shakes. To avoid this try eliminating all caffeine and other stimulants. A small dose of a beta-blocker (a type of blood pressure medication) can block tremors, shakes and jitters. Be sure to eat regular meals and ingest some food.

Nausea Or Upset Stomach

Another common Adderall effect of a common side effects of any stimulant. Take the medication with meals or eat smaller, more frequent meals.

Sleep Disturbances

Sometimes sleep disturbances are due to ADHD, not the medication. Therefore, it is a good idea to take a sleep history before starting taking any stimulants. If sleep disturbances are due to the medication, there are several options such as adjusting dosages and medication times.

Irritable Mood

Irritability may be due to ADHD but if it is due to the medication the dosage may be altered or another ADHD medication could be substituted.

How To Minimize Troublesome Side Effects

Only take Adderall as reommended by your doctor. Follow your prescription instructions exactly. Do not take Adderall for weight loss purposes or mix Adderall with alcohol. Report any problems or any severe or unusual side effects to your doctor.

If you are experience problematic side effects, your doctor can alter your dosage or mediation times, or try a new ADHD medication if necessary.

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