The documented risks of these drugs are provided so the public can make informed, educated decisions. Adderall is a stimulant drug, classified by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) as Schedule II, in the same class of highly addictive drugs as morphine, opium and cocaine. The DEA states that the use of stimulants can lead to “severe psychological or physical dependence” and that “these drugs are also considered dangerous.” Adderall is also known as Adderall XR.
To see the total figures from IMS Health on the number of people taking Adderall in the U.S., click here.
Please note: No one should attempt to get off of psychiatric drugs without doctor’s supervision. To help find medical practitioners in your area, click here.
Adderall Drug Warnings:
There have been 10 drug regulatory agency warnings from two countries (United States and Canada). These include the following (note that some warnings cite more than one side effect, so the list below may not be equal to the total number of warnings):
7 warnings on Adderall causing death/sudden death
5 warnings on Adderall causing heart problems
4 warnings on Adderall causing stroke
2 warnings on Adderall causing heart attacks
2 warnings on Adderall causing mania/psychosis
1 warning on Adderall causing hallucinations
1 warning on Adderall causing agitation
1 warning on Adderall causing aggression
1 warning on Adderall causing skin reactions/problems
1 warning on Adderall causing restricted blood flow
Adderall Drug Studies:
There have been 4 studies done in the United States. These include the following (note that some studies cite more than one side effect, so the list below may not be equal to the total number of studies):
2 studies on Adderall causing addiction/drug abuse
1 study on Adderall causing mania/psychosis
1 study on Adderall causing hallucinations
1 study on Adderall having a lack of efficacy
Top Reactions for All Ages: There have been 1,152 adverse reactions reported to the US FDA in connection with Adderall.
The FDA estimates that less than 1% of all serious events are ever reported to it, so the actual number of side effects occurring are most certainly higher.
- 124 cases of the drug being ineffective
- 85 cases of headache
- 83 cases of aggression
- 81 cases of insomnia
- 80 cases of abnormal behavior
- 76 cases of overdose
- 71 cases of depression
- 70 cases of psychotic disorder
- 65 cases of anxiety
- 61 cases of agitation
Aggression/hostility Irregular heartbeat Stevens-johnson syndrome
Documented Side Effects of Adderall:
Source: Physicians Desk Reference, National Institutes of Health’s Medline Plus, and/or the drug label.
Difficulty breathing or swallowing
Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
Motor tics/verbal tics
Slow or difficult speech
Swelling of the eyes, face, tongue, or throat
Uncontrollable shaking of a part of the body
This brochure is a simple guide that documents the dangerous and deadly side effects of the drugs prescribed to millions of men, women and children diagnosed with bogus mental disorders.