Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Adderall is commonly prescribed for children and adults who have been given a diagnosis of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about this commonly abused drug in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Adderall is a prescription medication used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and narcolepsy.

Adderall is a combination of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine, which are central nervous system stimulants that are aimed at helping to restore the balance of neurotransmitters in the brain. Taking Adderall may help increase the ability to focus, pay attention and control behavior.

Adderall should not be used by patients with a history of glaucoma, severe anxiety or agitation, a personal or family history of tics, or Tourettes syndrome.

Stimulants can cause sudden death in patients with congenital heart defects or serious heart problems. Patients should alert their doctors if they have a history of heart disease.

Amphetamine and dextroamphetamine can be habit-forming. Adderall is a Schedule II controlled substance, which means there is a high risk for addiction or abuse.

People using Adderall should not take a larger dose, or take it more often or for a longer time than prescribed by a doctor. Abruptly stopping the medication can cause depression, fatigue and sleep problems.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.