What is Adderall?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Generic name: Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine

Adderall is a pharmaceutical stimulant amphetamine used to treat attention-deficit disorder/attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and narcolepsy. Severe cases of depression may also be treated with Adderall or other stimulants.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder 404 214
Fatigue 387 240
Problems concentrating 232 152
Attention deficit disorder 58 39
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 40 27
Narcolepsy 29 14

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 32
Moderate 84
Mild 197
None 220

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Adderall

Side effect Patients
Dry mouth 40
Decreased appetite 35
Headaches 22
Anxious mood 19
Insomnia 18
Weight loss 18

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Adderall

Dosage Patients
20 mg twice daily 18
20 mg daily 15
30 mg twice daily 13
10 mg daily 12
10 mg twice daily 11
30 mg daily 9
40 mg daily 5
60 mg daily 5
15 mg daily 4
5mg as needed 4

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Why patients stopped taking Adderall

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 66
Side effects too severe 60
Other 54
Doctor's advice 51
Change in health plan coverage 11
Expense 11
Personal research 11
Course of treatment ended 6
See all 201 patients who've stopped taking Adderall

Duration

Currently taking Adderall

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 9
6 months - 1 year 3
1 - 2 years 28
2 - 5 years 53
5 - 10 years 33
10 years or more 35

Stopped taking Adderall

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 35
1 - 6 months 46
6 months - 1 year 33
1 - 2 years 24
2 - 5 years 39
5 - 10 years 13
10 years or more 10
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 328
Usually 148
Sometimes 44
Never taken as prescribed 13
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 11
Somewhat hard to take 44
A little hard to take 92
Not at all hard to take 386
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 3
$100-199 14
$50-99 23
$25-49 49
< $25 263
Not specified 181

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Adderall after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Methylphenidate (Ritalin) 47
Modafinil (Provigil) 22
Lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse) 15
Atomoxetine (Strattera) 7
Armodafinil (Nuvigil) 6

Show all 20 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Adderall and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse) 17
Methylphenidate (Ritalin) 10
Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine (Adderall) 7
Armodafinil (Nuvigil) 4
Atomoxetine (Strattera) 3

Show all 12 treatments patients report switching to

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37 patient evaluations for Adderall

Nov 19, 2017 (Started Jan 01, 2002)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder)
  • Side effects
    Mild (sleeplessness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 60 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 14, 2017 (Started Apr 01, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for fatigue)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2.5-2.5-2.5-2.5 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

May 15, 2016 (Started Feb 21, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for memory problems)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fibro fog)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for fatigue)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 30 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: The medication helped me focus and I couldn't see any long term side effects, but I didn't have any objective testing to verify that.
Cost: < $25 monthly

May 6, 2010 (Started Feb 21, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for fatigue)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for memory problems)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fibro fog)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 30 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: The medication improved my concentration, almost to the point of making me obsessive about the area of interest. I have enough energy to participate in home life nearly every day.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 1 helpful mark
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