The ADHD drug Adderall can cause various adverse side effects including side effects that may impair patients’ thinking or reactions. Due to these potential side effects, Adderall patients should avoid driving and any activities that require them to be awake and alert until they know how Adderall affects them. To reduce the likelihood of side effects, Adderall patients should take Adderall exactly as prescribed. In addition, the risk of side effects can be reduced if patients avoid taking Adderall late in the day or with fruit juice.

Some of the serious side effects Adderall can cause include:

  • stunted growth
  • fast, pounding, or uneven heartbeats
  • light-headedness or fainting
  • tremor, restlessness, hallucinations, unusual behavior, or muscle twitches
  • insomnia

According to the FDA and Adderall’s manufacturer, Shire Pharmaceuticals, certain side effects associated with Adderall can be life-threatening. These side effects include:

Adderall Side Effects: Abuse

The FDA has recently issued a black box warning stating that Adderall has a high potential for abuse, especially among college students. Adderall abuse is popular among college students because Adderall side effects can make it easier for students to concentrate or stay awake for long periods of time. Moreover, Adderall abuse is common because the ADHD drug is very habit-forming, making it easy to become addicted.

Adderall Side Effects: Sudden Death

 A rare but serious side effect associated with Adderall is sudden death. Children and adolescents with structural cardiac abnormalities or other serious heart problems generally should not take Adderall due to increased risk of sudden death from heart failure. In addition, adults with preexisting heart conditions should not take ADHD medications because adult Adderall patients are at risk for sudden death from stroke, heart attack, and heart failure.

There have been at least 81 reported deaths among adults and children associated with Adderall use. While the FDA has yet to recall the ADHD drug, the FDA has issued a warning informing consumers about the possible link between Adderall and sudden death. In addition, a Canadian agency has already issued an Adderall recall due to concerns about Adderall side effects.

Injured By Adderall Side Effects?

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Published November 17, 2011 by