Adderall is the brand name of a prescription drug used to treat children and adults. It contains a combination of 2 stimulants – amphetamine and dextroamphetamine.
- Adderall may increase the risk of heart problems and stroke;
- If the person has heart problems in the medical history, there is a risk of sudden death;
- Doctors should examine children for any cardiac problems before prescribing Adderall;
- Adderall can increase the risk of mental health problems, including unusual behavior like aggressive or hostile behavior.
- Children taking Adderall may also develop psychotic symptoms. For example, hallucinations.
- Adderall can be addictive. This is more likely if you take this drug in large doses, more often or longer than your doctor recommended.
- You may have to take higher doses to control symptoms, but increasing the dose increases the risk of cardiovascular disease.
- Children under 3 years old should not take Adderall, and children under 6 years old should not take Adderall XR.
- Always tell your doctor about all the drugs you currently use.
Tell your doctor if you have previously had:
- Reactions to other stimulants;
- Heart problems, high blood pressure or stroke;
- Mental problems;
- Drug or alcohol problems;
- Tourette syndrome or any sudden, uncontrolled movements;
- Liver disease;
- Kidney disease;
- Eye problems.
If your child is taking Adderall, you should talk to your doctor about the risk of stunting.
Some stimulants can slow down growth and development in children. The doctor will have to examine your child regularly while the child is taking Adderall.
It is also significant to confirm the diagnosis of ADHD before contacting to prescribe Adderall for the child.
Sometimes bad behavior at school or behavioral problems are symptoms of other problems that require treatment, such as dyslexia or mental illness.
Medical experts do not know whether Adderall is safe for the elderly.
If you are over 65, ask your doctor if there are other options for medications that may be safer for you.
If you suddenly stop taking Adderall, you may experience withdrawal symptoms. Symptoms of withdrawal may include depression or other sleep disorders, irritability and extreme fatigue. You are at increased risk of getting used to the drug if you have abused drugs or alcohol in the past.