Adderall

Common Brands Actos
Drug Class
Thiazolidinedione
Controlled Substance Classification
Not a controlled medication
Generic Status
Lower-cost generic available
Availability
Prescription only
Allison Barnes, PharmD
Allison Barnes, PharmD
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Medically reviewed by Allison Barnes, PharmD last update on 20/12/2023

Overview

Adderall is a widely prescribed medication primarily used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. It contains a combination of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine, which are stimulants that affect the brain’s neurotransmitters. These chemicals help increase attention span, decrease impulsiveness, and control hyperactivity in individuals with ADHD. 

 

Adderall has become a topic of interest due to its potential for misuse and abuse, especially among students seeking improved focus and academic performance. In this article, we’ll delve into its uses, mechanisms of action, potential side effects, precautions, drug interactions, dosage guidelines, and the prescription requirements.

DRUG STATUS

Availability

Prescription only

Pregnancy & Lactation

Pregnancy