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
ADHD (Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) 192 136
Fatigue 138 64
Problems concentrating 108 65
ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) 37 20
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 17 26
Brain fog 12 7

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  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
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Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 20
Moderate 57
Mild 98
None 90

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Adderall XR

Side effect Patients
Insomnia 17
Anxious mood 13
Dry mouth 12
Weight loss 12
Loss of appetite 11
Heart rate increased 10

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Adderall XR

Dosage Patients
30 mg daily 15
20 mg daily 9
25 mg daily 7
10 mg daily 3
15 mg daily 2
40 mg daily 2
1 capsule(s) twice daily 1
5-5-5-5 mg daily 1
6.25-6.25-6.25-6.25 mg daily 1
7.5-7.5-7.5-7.5 mg daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Adderall XR

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 39
Side effects too severe 39
Other 27
Did not seem to work 24
Expense 15
Change in health plan coverage 10
Personal research 8
Course of treatment ended 6
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Duration

Currently taking Adderall XR

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 3
1 - 2 years 9
2 - 5 years 12
5 - 10 years 12
10 years or more 13

Stopped taking Adderall XR

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 21
1 - 6 months 17
6 months - 1 year 19
1 - 2 years 18
2 - 5 years 29
5 - 10 years 11
10 years or more 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 190
Usually 59
Sometimes 14
Never taken as prescribed 2
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 10
Somewhat hard to take 25
A little hard to take 52
Not at all hard to take 178
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 6
$100-199 21
$50-99 16
$25-49 40
< $25 113
Not specified 69

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Adderall XR after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Methylphenidate (Ritalin) 6
Lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse) 5
Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine (Adderall) 4
Modafinil (Provigil) 4
Atomoxetine (Strattera) 2

Show all 9 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Adderall XR and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse) 7
Methylphenidate (Ritalin) 4
Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine (Adderall) 2
Armodafinil (Nuvigil) 1
Atomoxetine (Strattera) 1

Show all 10 treatments patients report switching to

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27 patient evaluations for Adderall XR

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Sex: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Mild
Cognition: moderate
Vision: moderate
Speech: moderate
Swallowing: moderate
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: mild
I am: g
I have:
MS

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Oct 26, 2015 (Started Jun 10, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Fatigue)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for ADHD (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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everon
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everon
Gender: M
Data Quality: 1 star
Depression: 1
Mania: 0
Emotional: 0
Anxiety: 0
Compulsion: 0
External Stress: Low
36 M
Function: High
Distress: Low
I am: n
I have:
Major Depressive Disorder

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Aug 3, 2015 (Started Mar 08, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Treat my mood condition(s))
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for ADHD (Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder))
  • Side effects
    Mild (Stiffness in neck, Cold hands, Dry mouth)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Twice daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jul 4, 2015 (Started Mar 08, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Treat my mood condition(s))
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for ADHD (Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder))
  • Side effects
    Mild (Stiffness in neck, Cold hands, Dry mouth)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Twice daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

May 6, 2015 (Started Mar 08, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Treat my mood condition(s))
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for ADHD (Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder))
  • Side effects
    Mild (Stiffness in neck, Cold hands, Dry mouth)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Twice daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Sex: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Mild
Cognition: severe
Vision: none
Speech: moderate
Swallowing: moderate
Upper limb: mild
Walking: mild
I am: n
I have:
MS

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Dec 13, 2013 (Started Sep 12, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Cognitive impairment)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for attention)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Thirst, Mood elevated or improved, Heart rate increased, Elevated blood pressure, Insomnia)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 30 mg Daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly
Side effects: Thirst, Heart rate increased, Mood elevated or improved, Insomnia, Elevated blood pressure

Aug 20, 2009 (Started Sep 12, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for attention)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Cognitive impairment)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Thirst, Mood elevated or improved, Heart rate increased, Elevated blood pressure, Insomnia)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 60 mg Daily
Cost: $50-99 monthly
Side effects: Thirst, Heart rate increased, Mood elevated or improved, Insomnia, Elevated blood pressure

Jul 23, 2009 (Started Sep 12, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for attention)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Cognitive impairment)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Thirst, Mood elevated or improved, Heart rate increased, Elevated blood pressure, Insomnia)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 60 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Although I know that "happier mood" can be seen as being a "side effect" and can be problematic, for me this med has been a huge help! It has been a wonderful augmentation for the antidepressant medication, and has greatly improved my mood.
Cost: $25-49 monthly
Side effects: Thirst, Heart rate increased, Mood elevated or improved, Insomnia, Elevated blood pressure

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