IT is a prescription medication that is used to treat children and adults with ADHD. It is in the psychostimulant class in the family of medications to treat ADHD. It helps the symptoms of inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity within 20 min. to 2 hours after ingesting it. Its benefits last four 3 to 12 hours. It must be taken each day that the patient wants to have the benefits.
Adderall comes in two forms, Adderall and Adderall Xr. The main difference between the two preparations is the duration of action. Plain Adderall also known as Adderall IR provides benefits for usually 3 to 5 hours. Adderall Xr, also known as extended release Adderall lasts about 7 to 9 hours.
Adderall is highly addictive for some people. It is therefore a carefully controlled medication.
1. It’s a real drug, but nobody thinks so.
Adderall and Ritalin are DEA Schedule II substances. This means, they have a “high potential for abuse,” can “lead to severe psychological or physical dependence” and are considered “dangerous” (less than heroin, more than Valium).
2. It’s all over college campuses.
Two-thirds of college students are offered Adderall and other prescription stimulants by their senior year, and about half of that group (or 31 percent overall) are just saying yes, according to a 2012 study published in the Journal of American College Health.
3. Adderall can be dangerous.
Between 2005 and 2010, emergency room visits related to ADHD stimulant medications used non-medically tripled from 5,212 to 15,585 visits. In young adults, the number almost quadrupled. Nearly half of these visits were due to mixing ADHD drugs with other drugs or alcohol.
In fact, a third of student users report they take prescription stimulants to “stay awake to party.” An overwhelming 90 percent of college students who use Adderall non-medically also reported binge drinking, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health.