What is Adderall?

Adderall is a prescription medication used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. It is a central nervous system stimulant and contains two drugs: amphetamine and dextroamphetamine.

Adderall works by increasing the levels of certain chemicals in the brain that help with attention, focus, impulse control, and wakefulness. It can help increase attention and decrease impulsiveness and hyperactivity in people with ADHD.

In the context of ADHD, Adderall is generally used as part of a total treatment plan, including psychological, educational, and social measures. The dosage is individualized according to the therapeutic needs and response of the patient.

Though effective for its intended uses, Adderall is a drug that carries a risk of abuse and dependency due to its stimulant properties. It’s classified as a Schedule II controlled substance by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, indicating it has a high potential for abuse and can lead to severe psychological or physical dependence. Misuse of Adderall can lead to serious side effects, including heart problems and mental health issues, such as paranoia or psychosis.

It is important to note that Adderall should only be used under the supervision of a healthcare provider and should only be taken by the person it was prescribed for.

Share this Definition...