Adderall is a newer medication being marketed for the treatment of attention deficiency hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and attention deficiency disorder (ADD), similar to Ritalin and Daytrana. It is also marketed as a treatment for bi-polar/depression conditions. Adderall works through the combination of several different amphetamines to address issues such as lack of concentration and difficulties in focusing.
Adderall is often called the “competition drug”, as it is claimed to increase the ability to study and focus. As such, many persons, especially college and graduate students have tried obtaining Adderall to make them more competitive in school and also in the workplace.
This has led to a considerable exchange of the drug in underground or street markets, without the advice or prescription of a pharmacist. While Adderall is generally considered safe, some consider it to be a dangerous drug, especially when abused.
One of the main dangers associated with Adderall is the potential for abuse and dependency. Persons who obtain the drug for purposes not traditional ascribed to the drug may tend to overuse the drug for competitive purposes. This is very dangerous, as such use can place the drug outside of proper dosage and administration guidelines.
Adderall is associated with various side effects, which may be worsened under conditions of abuse. As with any amphetamine-based drug, normal side effects include insomnia, headache, weight loss, loss of appetite, and stomach problems. More serious side effects may include:
- Heart attack and heart problems (such as arrhythmia)
- High blood pressure/hypertension
- Lack of physical coordination, various nervous twitch-disorders
In addition, while Adderall has been prescribed for depression and other psychological symptoms, it has been linked to an aggravation of psychological symptoms such as mood swings, depression, aggressive behavior, mania/psychosis, and hallucinations.
If you’ve been injured by Adderall, you may wish to document your injuries, as well as the nature of your use of the drug. You may wish to take note if you believe that pharmacist malpractice may be an issue (for instance, if you were prescribed the wrong dose or the wrong medicine).
Also, many Adderall cases share similar characteristics to other drugs such as Ritalin. You can obtain more information about Adderall and similar drugs by consulting with a professional or with a lawyer.
Adderall injuries can sometimes be very serious and may require the assistance of a lawyer. If you or your loved ones need to file a claim involving Adderall, you may wish to hire a personal injury lawyer for help. Your attorney can explain how the laws in your area might affect your rights. Also, your attorney will be able to provide expert representation in a court of law in the event that you need to file a lawsuit.