Adderall is the brand name of a pharmaceutical drug made from amphetamine salts and other amphetamine compounds. Doctors recommend it for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The drug helps focus the attention of those who take it. For children, it helps vitiate hyperactivity and impulsiveness in them. Adderall differs from Ritalin in that it is effective in treating a broader scope of ADHD symptoms. The medical community considers its side effects to be less stridulous than Ritalin�s. The medication consists of a mixture of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine, and is a stimulant that works on the central nervous system to attenuate hyperactivity in children. The modification is a stimulant and can be useful in treating some forms of narcolepsy.
The effects of ADHD are frequently attributed to issues associated with the brain’s neurotransmitters. Low amounts of dopamine in the brain can trigger hyperactivity and impulsivity in some people. Treating ADHD requires improving neurotransmitter functions within the brain. The Adderall family of drugs works by enhancing brain epinephrine and dopamine that boosts the efficiency of neurotransmitter receptors. When these neurotransmitter receptors are working properly, the patient�s symptoms of hyperactivity and impulsiveness behaviors start to diminish.
Important information concerning Adderall
People allergic to amphetamine or dextroamphetamine should not use this drug. It should not be taken by anyone who has used monoamine oxidase inhibitors or other depression medications within the past 14 days. All pharmaceutical products can have side effects, and the side effects of using Adderall can be serious. Any medication containing amphetamine can be habit forming and lead to addiction if over-used. Other side effects include overstimulation leading to elevated blood pressure, anxiety, headaches, sleep disorders, and tremors. In children, over-use of Adderall can lead to addiction, unintended weight loss and suppressed growth and development.
Adderall as a product can come in an extended-release capsule form that releases a small amount of its active ingredient into the body slowly over time. Users of such capsules should never break them apart or chew on them. Doing so will release a higher than prescribed dose of the drug into their blood stream all at once. Users should never skip a dose or vary their prescribed dosage except under the advice of a doctor. Recent research into gene mapping has brought to light the future possibility of tailoring individual medications unique to everyone suffering with ADHD. When an individual’s neurotransmitter pathways are mapped, science may be able to formulate a drug specifically targeted to relieve that individual’s particular ADHD symptoms.