Adderall is a brand name medication used for the treatment of narcolepsy and attention deficit disorder. It is made up of amphetamine aspartate monohydrate, amphetamine sulfate, dextroamphetamine saccharide, and dextroamphetamine sulfate. These chemicals are thought to work by increasing the production of norepinephrine and dopamine in the brain. Adderall is said to increase libido, concentration, overall cognitive performance and alertness while decreasing fatigue.
Adderall is similar to other powerful stimulant such as cocaine in its affect on the mesolimbic reward pathway in the brain. Because of its similarity to illegal substances such as cocaine, it does carry a very high likelihood of addiction and abuse among users. It is considered a controlled substance in the United States and is prescribed through the necessary channels as other drugs of its kind. Adderall is available in an instant release formula as well as an extended release drug. Origins of Adderall are found int he weight management drug Obetrol.
The ingredients in Adderall which provide its mood altering capabilities include a combination of dextroamphetamine and DL-amphetamine salts. The extended release formula was introduced in 2001 with a variety of dosage strengths. Adderall is also available in a generic form today.
Adderall is used to significantly reduce symptoms often found attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Many people using this drug see only minimal side effects from the drug. As with all ADHD medications, the effects of the stimulant usually last for several hours, allowing children to have improved behavior and performance throughout the day at school. When compared to similar medications, Adderall appears to have a more potent and longer lasting effect on the ADHD symptoms. When users of other ADHD medications are having troublesome side effects, generally it is recommended as an alternative treatment option.
Because everyone reacts differently to any medication, a period of gradual increase of the dosage is usually used to find the appropriate dose. This medication is not effective for everyone and side effects will vary by individual. When an appropriate dosage is reached, it is recommended that periodic check ups be performed by the doctor to ensure satisfactory health is maintained by the user as well.