Side Effects

Adderall is a medication that is used to treat attention deficient hyperactivity disorder. With proper usage, it has proven effective at helping individuals pay attention and stay focused throughout the day. Adderall is a combination medication that contains amphetamine and dextroamphetamine and is believed to work by restoring the balance of certain substances in the brain.

Side Effects

Adderall Side Effects can include anxiety

In some cases, there may be Adderall side effects ranging from mild to severe. Individuals may experience

  • a loss of appetite,
  • weight loss,
  • stomach pain,
  • nausea,
  • dry mouth,
  • headache,
  • trouble sleeping,
  • and general anxiety.

If these side effects do occur, consulting with a doctor promptly is the recommended course of action.

In most cases, individuals on Adderall will experience at least one side effect. Keep in mind that the doctor prescribing the medication has determined that the benefits of the ADHD medication are better than the potential side effects.

In addition to these side effects, some serious ones have also been observed. These include drastic behavior changes, uncontrolled movements, teeth grinding, outbursts of words, and changes in sexual ability or desire. While these are extremely rare, once again, seeing a doctor is important.

Long Term Adderall Side Effects

Individuals who take Adderall for a long period of time run the risk of more serious side effects and it can be damaging to the cardiovascular system over time. If experiencing symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath, an irregular heartbeat, weakness on one side of the body, or confusion, this can be an Adderall side effect and is usually an indicator of a secondary condition.


There have been some documented cases in which patients experienced an allergic reaction to Adderall. This may include a rash, itching, dizziness, and trouble breathing. In this case, seek medical attention immediately either by calling an ambulance or by going to the emergency room.

Worried About Adderall?

Anyone who is worried about the potential risks of taking this medication should discuss concerns with a doctor and a pharmacist. They are knowledgeable about a patient’s history and can inform patients and their families about the potential side effects and their likelihood of affecting the individual. Remember that each person is different. An individual with a family of heart disease may be at an increased risk if also taking Adderall. While this may not be the case, taking an ounce of prevention is important.

The best option for patients with ADHD and their families is to set aside a time to talk with a doctor who has worked with other individuals with ADHD. Write down all questions and bring them to the appointment. If worried about taking Adderall, ask about other treatment options or therapy that have also been used. Today there are many options available for individuals with ADHD, and many choose not to take Adderall, instead going with a different treatment method. Although a healthy individual will probably not experience any severe side effects as a result of the medication, understanding the potential for problems is important.