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Adderall is an ideal solution for successful ADHD treatment
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD is a neurological condition which etiology is associated with genetic factors, brain anatomy, and chemistry. Adderall is one of the best and most studied drugs used to treat ADHD.
Currently Adderall is most often prescribed for ADHD treatment in children. In rare cases, Adderall is used as a drug to treat ADHD or narcolepsy in adults.
In combination with psychological, social, and educational methods of treatment of neurological conditions, Adderall helps to:
- Improve personal psychological features.
- Restore normal concentration.
- Reduce hyperactivity and impulsivity.
- Solve self-control problems.
- Improve logic, understanding, memory, and self-consciousness.
Adderall appeared on the global pharmaceutical market in the last century and first was released as tablets. Later manufacture of extended-release capsules Adderall XR was launched.
Now for treatment of ADHD and narcolepsy in children and adults, extended-release capsules Adderall are used to:
- Gradually dissolve in the stomach.
- Provide stable drug concentration in the blood.
- Control symptoms of ADHD and narcolepsy for long.
Adderall contains four active ingredients from a group of amphetamines. Concentration of each ingredient in one capsule Adderall makes 25%. Like other amphetamines, Adderall is related to a pharmacotherapeutic class known as psychostimulants.
Oral capsules Adderall restore the balance of chemicals (neurotransmitters) in the brain. This mechanism of action is believed to provide maximum benefits in treatment of ADHD and narcolepsy.
Recommended dosage and duration of Adderall application
Adderall dosage should be adapted for each patient with ADHD. It allows to get successfully the desired neurologic effect with minimal toxic effects.
It should be noted that Adderall is recommended not for all age subgroups of patients.
- As a rule Adderall is prescribed for treatment of neurological disorders in children above 6 years.
- Clinical experience of Adderall application in 6-year-old children is limited.
- Adderall is not recommended for children under 3 years.
Adderall capsules are better to take in the morning. Treatment of neurological disorders in children begins with a single Adderall dose of 5mg, or 10mg with 24-hour intervals.
Upon therapy is started, the response of the child or the adult patient to psychostimulant Adderall should be assessed. If neurological response is inadequate, the daily dose of Adderall can be increased by 5-10mg.
- The daily dosage of Adderall should not be increased more often than every 7 days.
- The maximum recommended Adderall dose for children is 30 mg per day.
One 20 mg capsule of Adderall per day can restore the balance of neurotransmitters in the brain in most adult patients. The same dosage is recommended for adults switched from other psychostimulants.
- Adderall doses of 5mg and 10mg are intended for adult patients who cannot tolerate a 20mg dose.
- Dosage should not be adjusted more often than every 7 days.
- A daily dose of Adderall for adults should not exceed 60 mg.
Adderall efficacy in long-term continuous application (over 30 days) has not been assessed in clinical trials. Therefore, in long-term use of Adderall, a risk/efficiency ratio should be regularly overestimated.
Advantages of Adderall application
- The long-acting combination psychostimulant.
- Effective in treatment of narcolepsy and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
- Improved function of some brain areas.
- Reduced disorders in the brain structure.
- Bioavailability over 75%.
- Low risk of toxicity, adverse or paradoxical reactions.
Possible side effects
Psychostimulant Adderall is well tolerated, however it may cause certain side effects. Most of them are mild, do not cause discomfort and not require to change doses or to cease ADHD treatment.
Adderall is a centrally acting drug; so many side effects are associated with the central nervous system, for example:
- Loss of appetite.
- Irritability and anxiety.
- Disturbed sleep duration and quality.
Other side effects of Adderall can be indigestion, stomach pain, dry mouth, increased heart rate, and urinary tract infection. Long-term use of high doses of Adderall can be addictive.
Despite risks of side effects, Adderall is considered to be a safe and effective psychostimulant. So you can take the recommended doses of Adderall or give it to your child to achieve positive results in treatment of neurological disorders.