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In short, yes, Adderall is a stimulant. The drug is composed of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine, both of which are central nervous system (CNS) stimulants, therefore, making Adderall a stimulant drug.

Does Adderall help hyperactivity?

Healthcare providers commonly prescribe Adderall to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), a condition in which hyperactivity is a hallmark symptom. So, yes, Adderall can help treat hyperactivity.

How does Adderall work?

For more information on how Adderall works, please visit our overview page on Adderall.

How does a stimulant help ADHD?

According to the FDA, amphetamines are believed to increase the dopamine levels in the brain. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter responsible for a person’s motivation, attention, movement, and so forth. As a result, stimulants can have a “calming effect” on people with ADHD.

Please note that Adderall may not be the best medication for all people with ADHD. Always consult your physician about alternative and/or additional treatment options.

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