• Adderall

    Adderall, Adderall XR, Adzenys ER, Dyanavel XR, Mydayis (Amphetamine) The brands for Amphetamine are central nervous system stimulants used to increase concentration and alertness, to decrease impulsiveness and may provide a calming and focusing effect. Adderall is primarily used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Approximately 30% of children with Autism experience ADHD. Adderall may be habit-forming.

    <3 years: Not recommended.

    3 to 5 years: Initial Dose: 2.5 mg once a day orally upon awakening. Maintenance Dose: The daily dosage may be raised in increments of 2.5 mg at weekly intervals until optimal response is obtained. Only in rare cases will it be necessary to exceed a total of 40 mg per day in 2 to 3 divided doses. Give first dose on awakening; additional doses (1 or 2) at intervals of 4 to 6 hours.

    >6 years: Initial Dose: 5 mg once or twice a day orally upon awakening. Maintenance Dose: The daily dosage may be raised in increments of 5 mg at weekly intervals until optimal response is obtained. Only in rare cases will it be necessary to exceed a total of 40 mg per day in 2 to 3 divided doses. Give first dose on awakening; additional doses (1 or 2) at intervals of 4 to 6 hours.

    Extended Release Capsules: <6 years: Not recommended.

    6 to 12 years: Initial Dose: 5 mg to 10 mg once a day orally upon awakening. Maintenance Dose: The daily dosage may be raised in increments of 5 mg to 10 mg at weekly intervals. Maximum Dose: 30 mg once daily upon awakening.

    13 to 17 years: Initial Dose: 10 mg once a day orally upon awakening. Maintenance Dose: The daily dosage may be increased to 20 mg once a day.

    Drugs can interact with Adderall. The list includes: antacids or other stomach acid reducers, such as Nexium, Pepcid, Prilosec, Protonix, Zantac: antidepressants; cold or allergy medicine that contains a decongestant such as pseudoephedrine or phenylephrine; medicine to treat mental illness; or seizure medicines.

    Side Effects: Common side effects of Adderall may include nervousness; dizziness; restlessness; headache; stomach ache; decreased appetite; trouble sleeping; dry mouth; nausea; weight loss; constipation or diarrhea.

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