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RateADrug users have reported 8 Adderall side effects and 6 Adderall benefits.

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The generic name of this medication is amphetamine/dextroamphetamine and brand name is Adderall.

The active ingredients of this medication are amphetamine aspartate, amphetamine sulfate and dextroamphetamine.

Adderall is manufactured by Shire Pharmaceuticals Group.

Mainly used in treating attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy.
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A the age of seven he was diagnosed with ADHD by his mother Yvonne.

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Reported Changes in Health and Well-Being
Since taking Adderall, RateADrug survey participants noticed these changes in their health:
Effect on:Much WorseWorseNo ChangeBetterMuch Better
Appetite 13.2% 29.9% 32.6% 16.7% 7.6%
Balance/Equilibrium 2.9% 5.8% 78.8% 9.5% 2.9%
Blood Pressure 2.2% 10.2% 81.8% 5.1% 0.7%
Breathing 0.7% 8.7% 83.3% 5.8% 1.4%
Confidence 7.7% 7.7% 35.7% 32.9% 16.1%
Coordination/Motor Skills 3.5% 9.9% 44.7% 31.2% 10.6%
Digestion 2.9% 8% 78.1% 9.5% 1.5%
Emotional Well-being 4.2% 16.9% 32.4% 29.6% 16.9%
Energy 9.1% 14.7% 14% 36.4% 25.9%
Eyesight 0.7% 7.2% 87.8% 2.9% 1.4%
Memory 7% 6.3% 30.3% 33.1% 23.2%
Mental Clarity 9.2% 12% 18.3% 26.1% 34.5%
Pain 0.7% 4.4% 89.8% 4.4% 0.7%
Patience 4.9% 25.9% 30.8% 21% 17.5%
Sexual Health 2.1% 12.1% 72.1% 8.6% 5%
Skin Complexion 2.9% 5.1% 86.1% 5.1% 0.7%
Sleep 11.3% 28.2% 33.8% 21.1% 5.6%
Stress Level 3.6% 14.6% 43.1% 24.8% 13.9%
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Commonly Reported Adderall Side Effects
RateADrug survey participants experienced these commonly reported side effects:
Effect on:NoneMildModerateStrongSevere
Allergic Reaction 97.7% 0.8% 1.5% 0% 0%
Anxiety 53.8% 28.2% 10.3% 7.7% 0%
Blurred Vision 87.2% 10.3% 2.6% 0% 0%
Body Odor 86.1% 4.9% 3.3% 2.5% 3.3%
Breathing Difficulties 89.5% 5.3% 2.6% 2.6% 0%
Change in Sex Drive 78.6% 14.3% 0% 0% 7.1%
Change in Weight 50% 25% 25% 0% 0%
Cold Symptoms 94.9% 2.6% 0% 0% 2.6%
Confusion 94.7% 2.6% 0% 0% 2.6%
Constipation 91.7% 8.3% 0% 0% 0%
Crying / Sadness 81.2% 7.7% 4.3% 4.3% 2.6%
Depression 84% 6% 6% 2% 2%
Diarrhea 82.7% 7.7% 1.9% 5.8% 1.9%
Difficulty Urinating 0% 0% 100% 0% 0%
Dizziness 81.3% 12.9% 4.3% 0.7% 0.7%
Drowsiness 85.6% 8% 5.6% 0.8% 0%
Dry Mouth 35.3% 0% 17.6% 29.4% 17.6%
Emotional Oversensitivity 73.7% 12.7% 4.2% 6.8% 2.5%
Erectile Dysfunction 0% 100% 0% 0% 0%
Fatigue 83.5% 10.1% 1.4% 3.6% 1.4%
Fever 94.6% 2.7% 2.7% 0% 0%
Gas 83.8% 13.5% 2.7% 0% 0%
Headache 63.3% 15.8% 12.2% 7.9% 0.7%
Insomnia 55.3% 18.4% 7.9% 15.8% 2.6%
Irregular Heartbeat 76.3% 7.9% 10.5% 2.6% 2.6%
Irritability / Impatience 57% 25.2% 11.9% 3.7% 2.2%
Mood Swings 67.7% 16.5% 8.7% 3.1% 3.9%
Muscle Cramping 86.5% 10.8% 0% 2.7% 0%
Nausea 86.3% 6.1% 2.3% 4.6% 0.8%
Nervousness 66.7% 33.3% 0% 0% 0%
Rapid Heartbeat 30.8% 23.1% 15.4% 15.4% 15.4%
Relaxed / Calming Sensation 0% 0% 100% 0% 0%
Ringing in Ears 83.3% 8.3% 8.3% 0% 0%
Sensitivity to Light 94.6% 2.7% 2.7% 0% 0%
Sexual Dysfunction 92.1% 5.3% 2.6% 0% 0%
Skin Rash 92.3% 7.7% 0% 0% 0%
Stomach Ache 89.5% 2.6% 2.6% 5.3% 0%
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Less Commonly Reported Adderall Side Effects
RateADrug survey participants experienced less commonly reported side effects:
Effect on:NoneMildModerateStrongSevere
Abdominal Pain 86.2% 6.9% 5.7% 1.1% 0%
Anorexia 0% 50% 0% 50% 0%
Anxiety 33.3% 0% 66.7% 0% 0%
Appetite Loss 42.5% 13.3% 18.3% 18.3% 7.5%
Body Odor 0% 0% 0% 100% 0%
Change in Weight 60.5% 16.8% 14.3% 5.9% 2.5%
Constipation 81.8% 9.1% 5.7% 3.4% 0%
Decrease in Blood Pressure 91.2% 5.3% 0.9% 1.8% 0.9%
Diarrhea 83% 10.2% 2.3% 3.4% 1.1%
Difficulty Urinating 96.5% 0.9% 1.8% 0.9% 0%
Dry Mouth 52.1% 9.2% 16% 13.4% 9.2%
High Blood Pressure 83.3% 8.3% 0% 8.3% 0%
Insomnia 53.3% 20% 14.4% 4.4% 7.8%
Reduced Libido 86.8% 4.4% 4.4% 2.9% 1.5%
Reproductive System Disorders 97.4% 0.9% 0% 1.8% 0%
Sexual Dysfunction 83.9% 5.7% 6.9% 1.1% 2.3%
Sweating 0% 0% 100% 0% 0%
Vomiting 96.5% 2.6% 0.9% 0% 0%
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Episodes since taking Adderall
Since taking Adderall Rate a Drug survey participants reported these episodes:
Auto Accident 0.6%
Blindness 0.6%
Fall 3%
Hospitalization 5.5%
Seizure 1.2%
Stroke 0.6%
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15 May 2014 I have had mental health problems since a child. Diagnosed: Bipolar/ Manic Depression, ADD, OCD, Anxiety. I am on Adderall IR, Celexa, Latuda, and Klonopin. I can say that I'm happy with my doctor and he understands that every person is different and everyone does not need a combination that a doctor thinks will work for everyone. Phyciatry is a very unprecedented part of the peoples minds and has to be very difficult to work with. In my opinion, Physiatrists have one of the most hardest and unpredictability diagnosis jobs out of any doctors. I give all my heart out to the good Physiatrists we have in our states. But back to my combination of meds. It has worked for me for the last 6 years and I don't want another doctor expieramenting on me with different cocktails of meds. But a lot of other physiatrist ask and wonder why someone would get a downer and a stimulant at the same time. They think if if someone is giving a downer like a Klonopin that is used for anxiety/seizures, etc... then why prescribe a stimulant like Adderall. Its all because they do not diagnose every person on an individual basis. They guess, "An Educated Guess," (Hypothesis), that the stimulant would cause anxiety or more unwanted side effects, and the downer would cancel out the effects of the stimulant. They frown upon that combination but for individuals such as myself, it evens all malfunction and behavior I have. Like I stated, everybody is different and needs to be diagnosed accordingly to the individual. And as far as the addiction part of adderall. There isn't any. I've been on it for 6 years and my Dr. has me go on drug holidays. That is go off the medication for weeks or months at a time. The only thing I noticed is u sleep for a few days then it takes a few more days to fully start functioning but my mind was scatter brained and thoughts went back to racing. So, me being on 4-20mg tabs of instant release aadderall, I've had no physical withdrawal symptoms. And this is a big note for doctors who aren't experienced with all different types of meds. "PEOPLE WHO MISUSE ANY MEDICATION AND END UP IN THE HOSPITAL OR END UP OVERDOSING IS THERE OWN FAULTS. NOT THE DOCTORS". AND YES, DOCTORS SHOULD BE AWHERE OF ADDICTS AND TRY OTHER ALTERNATIVE OPTIONS. But I'm also an addict, and use 16mg of Suboxone sublingual strips a day. Doesn't affect me with my mental health meds and for me, the Suboxone must do something with your endorphins to make you not want to abuse medication no more. I don't know but physiatrist need to listen to an individuals concerns and what works for them. They should be properly educated to read an addict and a addicts behavior, and also get the patients prior history. So all in all, there are many patients out there that are getting unproperly diagnosed and improperly medicated.
   —Posted by Todd
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01 Apr 2013 I am female, 20, and was specifically diagnosed with clinical depression/anxiety around 14 (though I probably had it as a child), and suffered from some symptoms of OCD and ADHD. My doctor prescribed me Concerta, then Adderall XR shortly after. I take Zoloft for depression/anxiety along with it. I was never able to work in a very linear fashion as a child, but I was one of those kids bored in class because I had already finished my assignments (and usually, most of the books in the classroom). I never had issues with incomplete assignments and was a straight-A student, although I remember either not being challenged, or being frustrated by whatever I was doing. I went on independent study in high school and would routinely complete all of my work in a day or two, then go to junior college classes for the rest of the week (where I usually did other homework because the teacher didn't speak fast enough for my liking). As a teen I struggled with self-harm, compulsive eating (which turned into sporadic episodes of bulimia) and similar to deal with my depression - I dabbled in SSRI's before settling on Zoloft/Sertraline, which I have been taking for about 2-3 years. When I started college I started to realize what an impact an inability to focus on ONE thing (i.e., the 2-hour lecture) was going to cause problems, and my depression was seriously draining me as it was. After my second year I went to my psychiatrist and requested help for my constant multitasking/racing thoughts, and I was prescribed Concerta that day. The Concerta worked a bit, but it made me drowsy. Adderall XR worked much better; I started on a dose of 15mg. Initially I experienced some trouble sleeping and on one of the first mornings had to get out of bed and run laps around the streets to deal with some of the sudden energy I was not used to dealing with, but this excess of energy died down after a few more days of regular use. It helped immensely - the first things I noticed were that once I started sleeping normally I slept deeper; my restless legs symptoms (leg jittering, especially when I was trying to sleep) disappeared, and I felt calmer and had an easier time moving from one task to another without getting overwhelmed. Unfortunately, I also started sweating more when I worked out or walked around, and this symptom has not gone away. I was upped to 20mg after a couple of weeks of reduced effects, and that did the trick for about 6 months with steady and predictable effects. Writing in particular became easier, and made my ability to articulate slightly better - I was able, I felt, to focus on exactly what thought I wanted without the normal hesitation and juggling around phrasing that I'd experienced before. Reading became easier in that I was able to finish a chapter without 'skipping' involuntarily around the paragraph, which was always frustrating. I found myself still multitasking, but it was much less disruptive, and I found that attending all of my classes (and not leaving early) became much less painful. My depression got better as well. I lost about 10 pounds over a 3 month period, although it wasn't because my appetite decreased, I was simply at the gym more often because I wasn't so exhausted! Now, I take my prescription regularly, once in the morning. I do not take it when I am trying to rest/recover from a cold because, although it is helpful for my mood, it does elevate my heart rate a good deal (around 75bpm from 60bpm) and that's a reminder that it can be hard on the body. I also suffer from diziness when stressed, and I think dehydration exacerbates it - one thing I'm not good about avoiding as is, and Adderall does make it worse. Also, occasionally I take slightly more because my tolerance has gone down a reasonable amount (feels about how 15mg did after I acclimated now). However, I still do not get cravings or desire to get 'high' from them. My weight is about the same as it was when I started, as I've been exercising about the same now. Overall, Adderall XR has been a help and its negative effects are definitely outweighed. The things I benefit the most are the mental calmness/clarity (I always felt like there was static or channels changing in my head before), more healthy energy levels, feeling less overwhelmed and worried, better confidence and optimism overall, more satisfying sleep, better mental recall, more motivation to work out regularly, more motivation in non-school assignments, more interest in difficult or unfamiliar topics/events, less exhausting social experiences. Things I don't like: The slight increase in breakouts and the increased sweating, hands-down. (When coupled with caffeine, for some reason, I smell - I never experienced that before.) I do worry about addiction, or effects on my aging or something; I can't say I'm waiting for it even with the increased tolerance, though. I've also had some trouble with obsessive thoughts of negative situations of my life and feel like I have to control my impulses much more, because they are more intrusive. I also sometimes get sidetracked because I lose track of time getting focused on something; time often seems to go by so fast... except in the pharmacy, where I have to wait an excruciating 1-2 hours while they process my prescription, which I legally have to walk over and fill in-person. I don't drive, my pharmacy is in another city over. Bleh. Things that didn't really change: My sex drive and function (always low), my appetite (sometimes I get distracted from meals because I'm working whereas I used to constantly get up to eat before, but I eat the same amount anyway now), my headaches (nil), my nervousness around intimacy, my response to ASMR stimuli, my anger level (slightly elevated on the days I noticed a crash, which happens only about 1 day a week or so though), my anxiety (still touchy but now not related to feeling overwhelmed), motivation (slightly better andfeel more able to manage things, but not any more motivated to do certain ones in particular), I quickly was unable to perceive whether I was "on" the drug or "off," and have yet to have a craving for the stuff (I often wonder if I've remembered to take it in those 'rushed' mornings because I can't detect any onset). I do hope to continue taking this because it has helped me a great deal, and has made me feel the way I think I should have, had I received a better system of brain chemistry. :)
   —Posted by Vellum
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06 Jan 2013 Adderall has helped me immensely in life. I can now focus and remember conversations and stay on task. Although I've been taking it for 5 years, I haven't gotten dependent on it because I have "drug holidays" and skip doses occasionally.
   —Posted by Anonymous
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08 Jan 2013 I feel the same way. There are days I would make it better without my anti-depressant before my adderall. Adderall make me feel more normal and appear to others as more normal and I am able to get through all the things a mother of 4 needs to do all day. It is funny that you say that about a drug holidays because if I sleep in late I will only take one dose instead of the 2 ans if I am sick (much like right now) the need to take it is not necessary since I need rest. I take my pills when it is time to and if I miss it by more than an hour I skip it. The issue is, I do not have an addictive nature and I think if you are prone to addictions I can see where this would not be the medication for you.
   —Posted by Joanne
08 Jan 2013 I feel the same way. There are days I would make it better without my anti-depressant before my adderall. Adderall make me feel more normal and appear to others as more normal and I am able to get through all the things a mother of 4 needs to do all day. It is funny that you say that about a drug holidays because if I sleep in late I will only take one dose instead of the 2 ans if I am sick (much like right now) the need to take it is not necessary since I need rest. I take my pills when it is time to and if I miss it by more than an hour I skip it. The issue is, I do not have an addictive nature and I think if you are prone to addictions I can see where this would not be the medication for you.
   —Posted by Joanne
19 Jan 2012 It helped a little but after taking it you become extremely hyperactive for about an hour. Dry mouth persists all day, and then i felt moderately anxious at the end of the day.
   —Posted by Anonymous
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04 Jan 2012 I have taken Adderall for more than ten years now, I think it is time for a dosage increase or decrease, It all depends on body chemistry and tolerance.
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