Adderall is a branded version of amphetamine-dextroamphetamine, a stimulant and Schedule II controlled substance capable of triggering many Adderall side effects.
The medication is typically prescribed to treat ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), and less frequently to treat narcolepsy. Adderall works by intensifying the effects of neurotransmitters in the brain that include norepinephrine, dopamine, and serotonin.
Adderall comes in two forms:
- Adderall IR (instant release) lasting for 3 to 4 hours
- Adderall XR (extended release) lasting for up to 12 hours
Like all Schedule II substances, Adderall has some medical utility but a strong abuse and addiction profile. This guide highlights the main effects and Adderall side effects of this prescription stimulant.