What is Adderall XR?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Generic name: Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine

Brand name for combination of dextroamphetamine and amphetamine is in a class of medications called central nervous system stimulants. It is used as part of a treatment program for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Also used to treat narcolepsy, a sleep disorder causing sudden sleep attacks

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder 229 169
Fatigue 163 90
Problems concentrating 121 87
Attention deficit disorder 43 24
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 17 27
Depressed mood 13 15

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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 23
Moderate 62
Mild 117
None 119

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Adderall XR

Side effect Patients
Insomnia 17
Loss of appetite 14
Anxious mood 13
Dry mouth 13
Weight loss 13
Decreased appetite 10

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Adderall XR

Dosage Patients
30 mg daily 23
5-5-5-5 mg daily 6
30 mg daily 6
7.5-7.5-7.5-7.5 mg daily 5
20 mg daily 5
25 mg daily 5
40 mg daily 4
20 mg daily 3
20 mg twice daily 3
60 mg daily 3

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Why patients stopped taking Adderall XR

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Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 45
Side effects too severe 43
Did not seem to work 28
Other 28
Expense 17
Change in health plan coverage 13
Personal research 9
Course of treatment ended 6
See all 133 patients who've stopped taking Adderall XR

Duration

Currently taking Adderall XR

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 6
6 months - 1 year 5
1 - 2 years 17
2 - 5 years 23
5 - 10 years 20
10 years or more 9

Stopped taking Adderall XR

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 24
1 - 6 months 17
6 months - 1 year 21
1 - 2 years 20
2 - 5 years 32
5 - 10 years 15
10 years or more 4
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 232
Usually 68
Sometimes 16
Never taken as prescribed 5
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 10
Somewhat hard to take 27
A little hard to take 58
Not at all hard to take 226
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 7
$100-199 22
$50-99 21
$25-49 42
< $25 140
Not specified 89

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Adderall XR after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Methylphenidate (Ritalin) 13
Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine (Adderall) 8
Lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse) 8
Modafinil (Provigil) 8
Atomoxetine (Strattera) 5

Show all 12 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Adderall XR and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse) 13
Methylphenidate (Ritalin) 8
Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine (Adderall) 4
Modafinil (Provigil) 4
Dexmethylphenidate (Focalin XR) 2

Show all 10 treatments patients report switching to

Last updated:

28 patient evaluations for Adderall XR

Jun 2, 2017 (Started Jun 16, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: I was switched over to Ritalin 20 mgs a day b/c the Adderall was making me a bit too hyper. The Ritalin ER program that I am now following has my Quality of Life back in the saddle again!

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Dec 8, 2016 (Started Jun 30, 2012)

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

Oct 1, 2010 (Started Jun 30, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder)
  • Side effects
    Moderate
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: After taking for so long, I became immune to it, beware. It definitely makes me lose weight.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Oct 26, 2015 (Started Jun 10, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fatigue)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 30 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: The most annoying part of taking this drug is jumping through all the hoops to get it because it is a controlled substance. If you have a doctor willing to write for it, ask for 90 day script.

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