Adderall Side Effects

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 and amphetamine/dextroamphetamine.

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 13 drug regulatory agency warnings from two countries (Canada and United States) on Adderall (or amphetamine/dextroamphetamine). 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):

4 warnings on Adderall causing cardiovascular disorders
3 warnings on Adderall causing death or sudden death
2 warnings on Adderall causing mania or psychosis
2 warnings on Adderall causing eye problems
2 warnings on Adderall causing hallucinations
2 warnings on Adderall causing hostility or aggression
2 warnings on Adderall causing involuntary movements
2 warnings on Adderall causing stroke
2 warnings on Adderall causing irritability
1 warning on Adderall causing heart problems
1 warning on Adderall causing allergic reactions
1 warning on Adderall causing depression
1 warning on Adderall causing suicide risk or attempts
1 warning on Adderall causing agitation
1 warning on Adderall causing heart attacks
1 warning on Adderall causing nervous system disorders

Adderall Drug Studies:

There have been 4 studies done in the United States on Adderall (or amphetamine/dextroamphetamine). 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):

1 study on Adderall causing cardiovascular disorders
1 study on Adderall causing heart problems
1 study on Adderall causing lack of efficacy
1 study on Adderall causing heart attacks
1 study on Adderall causing hallucinations
1 study on Adderall causing homicidal ideation
1 study on Adderall causing mania or psychosis
1 study on Adderall causing violence

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


Documented Side Effects of Adderall:
Source: Physicians Desk Reference, National Institutes of Health’s Medline Plus, and/or the drug label.

Aggression/hostility
Blistering/peeling skin
Difficulty breathing or swallowing
Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
Hallucinations
Hives
Irregular heartbeat
Mania
Motor tics/verbal tics
Nervousness

Restlessness
Seizures
Sexual dysfunction
Slow or difficult speech
Stevens-johnson syndrome
Swelling of the eyes, face, tongue, or throat
Uncontrollable shaking of a part of the body
Weight loss

Note: Side effects of psychiatric drugs can persist for months, if not years, after stopping them.
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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.