9 Things To Consider Before Taking Adderall for Narcolepsy or ADHD
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How does Adderall affect narcolepsy?
Since the 1930s, amphetamines have been used to improve alertness in narcolepsy and other conditions. These medications are among the most effective for reducing sleepiness, but side effects are moderately common.
A large variety of amphetamines are clinically available, and individuals may respond better to one than to another. Some of the most common are dextroamphetamine (Dexedrine) and a mixture of amphetamines and dextroamphetamine (Adderall). Methylphenidate (Ritalin, Concerta, Metadate, and Methylin) is closely related to the amphetamines and has similar benefits and side effects.
All these medications improve alertness by increasing brain levels of dopamine. To a lesser degree they can also increase brain levels of two other wake-promoting chemicals, serotonin and norepinephrine.
Is Adderall FDA approved for narcolepsy?
Adderall is indicated for the treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Narcolepsy.The effectiveness of Adderall for long-term use has not been systematically evaluated in controlled trials.
Therefore, the physician who elects to use Adderall for extended periods should periodically re-evaluate the long-term usefulness of the drug for the individual patient.
What is the dosing for Adderall in narcolepsy?
Usual dose 5 mg to 60 mg per day in divided doses, depending on the individual patient response. Narcolepsy seldom occurs in children under 12 years of age; however, when it does, dextroamphetamine sulfate may be used. The suggested initial dose for patients aged 6-12 is 5 mg daily; daily dose may be raised in increments of 5 mg at weekly intervals until optimal response is obtained. In patients 12 years of age and older, start with 10 mg daily; daily dosage may be raised in increments of 10 mg at weekly intervals until optimal response is obtained. If bothersome adverse reactions appear (e.g., insomnia or anorexia), dosage should be reduced. Give the first dose on awakening; additional doses (1 or 2) at intervals of 4 to 6 hours.
Does Adderall make you last longer in bed?
Can Adderall cause extreme fatigue?
What happens if you take Adderall without ADHD?
Does Adderall help with depression?
Why is Adderall not working anymore?
Who should not take adderall?
Adderall should not be taken if you or your child:
ADDERALL® IS NOT RECOMMENDED FOR USE IN CHILDREN LESS THAN 3 YEARS OLD