Adderall is a prescription central nervous system stimulant, which affects chemicals in your brain responsible for hyperactivity and impulse control. It’s indicated to treat the following health conditions:
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
The medication can be also used for purposes not mentioned here. Besides, Adderal can increase attention span and focus. It was approved by the FDA and is now considered one of the most popular medications to treat ADHD. It’s often prescribed to treat fatigue, associated with various sleep disorders, especially narcolepsy. It can also be indicated as a smart drug and the one which enhances energy.
In spite of being a prescription medication, Adderall is often used “off-label” to promote wakefulness. It’s widely used by many students, who call the drug a “study pill”.
Mechanism of Action
When the medication is absorbed into the bloodstream, it directly affects your central nervous system. After that the drug targets brain neurotransmitters, such as Norepinephrine, Adrenaline and Dopamine. These hormones are catecholamines, which form the part of stress response system. They are often released during stressful situations and excitement when you require more energy and focus.
Adderall activates the adrenergic system and enhances the release of neurotransmitters into the central nervous system. This results in:
Increased heart rate;
Increased blood pressure;
High energy levels;
The first benefit you get while taking Adderall is elevated mood. Some users have even experienced mild euphoria. The medication increases the levels of dopamine, serotonin and adrenaline. A user is likely to get changes of his/her brain chemistry. Due to this, people feel more attentive and concentrated. The drug also increases motivation and productivity.
Your individual dose will depend on a number of factors. These include your age and the purpose Adderall was prescribed to you. It’s recommended to get professional medical consultation before you start the treatment. If you take the medication for the first time, it’s better to do it under the supervision of your personal physician.
A recommended dose for adults is 5-60 mg. The drug should be taken in divided administration during a day. Start in the very morning and take 1 or 2 doses within 4-6-hour intervals.
If you notice any allergic reactions, you’d better stop taking the drug and call your doctor. The medication can interfere with child’s growth. Common side effects include the following:
Loss of appetite;
Severe side effects are:
The list of side effects is not complete, and other reactions may occur in your particular case.