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) 194 137
Fatigue 140 65
Problems concentrating 109 66
ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) 37 21
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 58
Mild 98
None 91

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Adderall XR

Side effect Patients
Insomnia 16
Anxious mood 13
Dry mouth 12
Loss of appetite 11
Weight loss 11
Decreased appetite 9

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Adderall XR

Dosage Patients
30 mg daily 15
20 mg daily 8
25 mg daily 8
10 mg daily 4
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
3.75-3.75-3.75-3.75 mg twice 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 26
Did not seem to work 25
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 4
1 - 2 years 7
2 - 5 years 13
5 - 10 years 11
10 years or more 15

Stopped taking Adderall XR

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 21
1 - 6 months 16
6 months - 1 year 19
1 - 2 years 18
2 - 5 years 30
5 - 10 years 11
10 years or more 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 191
Usually 60
Sometimes 14
Never taken as prescribed 2
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 10
Somewhat hard to take 24
A little hard to take 52
Not at all hard to take 181
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 6
$100-199 21
$50-99 16
$25-49 40
< $25 115
Not specified 69

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Adderall XR after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Methylphenidate (Ritalin) 7
Lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse) 6
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) 8
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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28 patient evaluations for Adderall XR

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Stormy48
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Gender: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Depression: 3
Mania: 0
Emotional: 3
Anxiety: 2
Compulsion: 1
External Stress: Overwhelming
49 F
Function: Moderate
Distress: Moderate
I am: vb
I have:
Borderline Personality

See Stormy48's full Adderall XR history

Dec 8, 2016 (Started Jun 30, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for ADHD (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 ADHD (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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life well lived
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life well lived
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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