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Adderall Side Effects

Generic Name: amphetamine / dextroamphetamine

Note: This page contains information about the side effects of amphetamine / dextroamphetamine. Some of the dosage forms included on this document may not apply to the brand name Adderall.

For the Consumer

Applies to amphetamine / dextroamphetamine (Adderall): oral capsule extended release, oral tablet

In addition to its needed effects, some unwanted effects may be caused by amphetamine / dextroamphetamine. In the event that any of these side effects do occur, they may require medical attention.

Major Side Effects

You should check with your doctor immediately if any of these side effects occur when taking amphetamine / dextroamphetamine (Adderall):

More common: Less common: Incidence not known:

Minor Side Effects

Some of the side effects that can occur with amphetamine / dextroamphetamine (Adderall) may not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine during treatment these side effects may go away. Your health care professional may also be able to tell you about ways to reduce or prevent some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects continue, are bothersome or if you have any questions about them, check with your health care professional:

More common: Incidence not known:

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to amphetamine / dextroamphetamine (Adderall): oral capsule extended release, oral tablet

Metabolic

Very common (10% or more): Appetite loss (up to 36%), weight loss (up to 10%)
Frequency not reported: Anorexia[Ref]

Gastrointestinal

Very common (10% or more): Dry mouth (up to 35%), abdominal pain (up to 14%)
Common (1% to 10%): Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, dyspepsia
Frequency not reported: Unpleasant taste, constipation, other GI disturbances[Ref]

Cardiovascular

Very common (10% or more): Transient blood pressure elevations (up to 35%)
Common (1% to 10%): Tachycardia, palpitation
Frequency not reported: Cardiomyopathy, myocardial infarction, Raynaud's phenomenon[Ref]

Psychiatric

Very common (10% or more): Insomnia (up to 27%), nervousness (up to 13%)
Common (1% to 10%): Emotional lability, agitation, anxiety
Frequency not reported: Psychotic episodes, irritability, euphoria, dysphoria, restlessness, depression, aggression, anger, logorrhea, dermatillomania[Ref]

Nervous system

Very common (10% or more): Headache (up to 26%)
Common (1% to 10%): Somnolence, dizziness, twitching, speech disorder (e.g., stuttering, excessive speech)
Frequency not reported: Overstimulation, paresthesia/formication, dyskinesia, tremor, exacerbation of motor/phonic tics and Tourette's syndrome[Ref]

Dermatologic

Common (1% to 10%): Photosensitivity reaction, sweating
Frequency not reported: Urticaria, rash, alopecia, serious skin rashes (e.g., Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, toxic epidermal necrolysis)[Ref]

Endocrine

Common (1% to 10%): Decreased libido, dysmenorrhea, impotence
Frequency not reported: Frequent or prolonged erections[Ref]

Genitourinary

Common (1% to 10%): Urinary tract infection[Ref]

Other

Common (1% to 10%): Fever, infection, accidental injury, asthenia/fatigue, tooth disorder (e.g., teeth clenching, tooth infection)
Frequency not reported: Sudden death, bruxism[Ref]

Respiratory

Common (1% to 10%): Dyspnea[Ref]

Hypersensitivity

Frequency not reported: Hypersensitivity reactions (e.g., angioedema, anaphylaxis)[Ref]

Ocular

Frequency not reported: Blurred vision, mydriasis[Ref]

Musculoskeletal

Postmarketing reports: Rhabdomyolysis[Ref]

References

1. "Product Information. Adderall (amphetamine-dextroamphetamine)" Shire Richwood Pharmaceutical Company, Florence, KY.

2. "Product Information. Adderall XR (amphetamine-dextroamphetamine)." Shire Richwood Pharmaceutical Company Inc, Florence, KY.

Not all side effects for Adderall may be reported. You should always consult a doctor or healthcare professional for medical advice. Side effects can be reported to the FDA here.

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