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Brand Names: Adderall, Adderall XR

Generic Name: amphetamine and dextroamphetamine (Pronunciation: am FET a meen and DEX troe am FET a meen)

What is amphetamine and dextroamphetamine (Adderall, Adderall XR)?

Amphetamine and dextroamphetamine is a central nervous system stimulant. It affects chemicals in the brain and nerves that contribute to hyperactivity and impulse control.

Amphetamine and dextroamphetamine is used to treat narcolepsy and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Amphetamine and dextroamphetamine may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Adderall 10 mg

round, blue, imprinted with AD, 1 0

Adderall 20 mg

round, orange, imprinted with 20, AD

Adderall 5 mg

round, blue, imprinted with AD, 5

Adderall XR 10 mg

blue, imprinted with Shire 381, 10 mg

Adderall XR 15 mg

blue/white, imprinted with ADDERALL XR, 15 mg

Adderall XR 20 mg

orange, imprinted with ADDERALL XR, 20 mg

Adderall XR 25 mg

orange/white, imprinted with ADDERALL XR, 25 mg

Adderall XR 30 mg

orange, imprinted with ADDERALL XR, 30 mg

Adderall XR 5 mg

blue/clear, imprinted with ADDERALL XR, 5 mg

Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine 10 mg-BAR

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Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine 12.5 mg-BAR

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Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine 15 mg-BAR

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Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine 20 mg-BAR

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Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine 30 mg-BAR

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Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine 5 mg-BAR

oval, blue, imprinted with b 971, 5

Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine 7.5 mg-BAR

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What are the possible side effects of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine (Adderall, Adderall XR)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using this medication and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • fast, pounding, or uneven heartbeats;
  • feeling light-headed, fainting;
  • increased blood pressure (severe headache, blurred vision, trouble concentrating, chest pain, numbness, seizure); or
  • tremor, restlessness, hallucinations, unusual behavior, or motor tics (muscle twitches).

Less serious side effects may include:

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about amphetamine and dextroamphetamine (Adderall, Adderall XR)?

Do not take this medication if you have used an MAO inhibitor such as isocarboxazid (Marplan), tranylcypromine (Parnate), phenelzine (Nardil), rasagiline (Azilect), or selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam) within the past 14 days. Serious, life-threatening side effects can occur if you take amphetamine and dextroamphetamine before the MAO inhibitor has cleared from your body.

Do not use this medication if you are allergic to amphetamine and dextroamphetamine, or if you have hardened arteries (arteriosclerosis), heart disease, moderate to severe high blood pressure (hypertension), overactive thyroid, glaucoma, severe anxiety or agitation, or a history of drug or alcohol addiction.

Some stimulants have caused sudden death in children and adolescents with serious heart problems or congenital heart defects. Before taking amphetamine and dextroamphetamine, tell your doctor if you have any type of heart problems.

Long-term use of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine can slow a child's growth. Tell your doctor if the child using this medication is not growing or gaining weight properly.

Amphetamine and dextroamphetamine is a drug of abuse and may be habit-forming. Keep track of the amount of medicine used from each new bottle. You should be aware if anyone is using your medicine improperly or without a prescription. Using this medication improperly can cause death or serious side effects on the heart.

Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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