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 248 176
Fatigue 170 97
Problems concentrating 129 91
Attention deficit disorder 43 25
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 18 28
Depressed mood 15 19

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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 24
Moderate 64
Mild 122
None 125

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Adderall XR

Side effect Patients
Decreased appetite 24
Insomnia 19
Dry mouth 14
Anxious mood 13
Weight loss 13
Irritability 11

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Adderall XR

Dosage Patients
30 mg daily 26
20 mg daily 12
10 mg daily 7
25 mg daily 7
40 mg daily 5
60 mg daily 4
7.5-7.5-7.5-7.5 mg daily 3
20 mg daily 3
20 mg twice daily 3
5-5-5-5 mg daily 2

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Why patients stopped taking Adderall XR

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Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 48
Side effects too severe 46
Did not seem to work 29
Other 29
Expense 17
Change in health plan coverage 14
Personal research 11
Course of treatment ended 6
See all 142 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 10
1 - 2 years 11
2 - 5 years 28
5 - 10 years 24
10 years or more 13

Stopped taking Adderall XR

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 25
1 - 6 months 18
6 months - 1 year 22
1 - 2 years 22
2 - 5 years 31
5 - 10 years 18
10 years or more 6
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 242
Usually 71
Sometimes 17
Never taken as prescribed 5
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 10
Somewhat hard to take 26
A little hard to take 60
Not at all hard to take 239
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 7
$100-199 22
$50-99 20
$25-49 43
< $25 148
Not specified 95

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Adderall XR after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Methylphenidate (Ritalin) 18
Lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse) 10
Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine (Adderall) 9
Modafinil (Provigil) 8
Armodafinil (Nuvigil) 5

Show all 13 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Adderall XR and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse) 16
Methylphenidate (Ritalin) 9
Modafinil (Provigil) 4
Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine (Adderall) 3
Armodafinil (Nuvigil) 2

Show all 10 treatments patients report switching to

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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: 30 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: 10 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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