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Adderall is an amphetamine prescribed for various health conditions. Adderall comes in different forms, doses and brand names, including Adderall, Adderall XR, and Mydayis. Some of the health conditions that Adderall can treat include but are not limited to:

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Narcolepsy

Please note that the specific type of Adderall, as well as the dose will vary depending on the patient’s age, health history, and health condition being treated. Their current health profile, which will also influence the dose and type of Adderall prescribed, includes any additional medication(s) the patient takes, as well as their response to the drug, namely, any side effects they experience.

What does Adderall do?

Adderall is an amphetamine. Amphetamines, described by the FDA, “are thought to block the reuptake of norepinephrine and dopamine into the presynaptic neuron and increase the release of these monoamines into the extraneuronal space.” In other words, Adderall adjusts the way certain brain chemicals work-including norepinephrine and dopamine-and also serves as a central nervous system stimulant.

In regards to ADHD, the FDA states that the exact mode of therapeutic action is unknown. Adderall can help stimulate brain activity that affects attention span and hyperactivity, among other things, in people with ADHD.

For more information regarding dosage, side effects, and uses for Adderall, talk to your doctor.

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