Adderall XR is used in the treatment of adhdnarcolepsy and belongs to the drug class CNS stimulants. Risk cannot be ruled out during pregnancy. Adderall XR 15 mg is classified as a Schedule 2 controlled substance under the Controlled Substance Act (CSA).



Amphetamine belongs to the family of medications known as stimulants. It is used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It helps to increase attention and decrease hyperactivity and impulsiveness in children over 6 years of age, adolescents, and adults who have been diagnosed with ADHD.

Other measures (e.g., psychological, educational, and social therapies) are used along with mixed salts amphetamine as part of an overall treatment program for ADHD. An improvement in ADHD symptoms can be seen within one week of starting the medication.

This medication may be available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of this medication may not be available in all of the forms or approved for all of the conditions discussed here. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here.

The usual starting dose is 10 mg taken once daily in the morning. The dose is usually started low and increased gradually. The dose of this medication needs to be individualized according to the needs of the person taking the medication. Doses above 30 mg daily are not recommended.

This medication may be taken with or without food. Swallow this medication whole with water or other liquids. Do not crush or split the capsules. The capsule contains small pellets of medication specially designed to release their contents slowly inside the body. The capsule may be opened and the contents sprinkled over applesauce. The applesauce should be eaten immediately after sprinkling and not stored for later. Avoid chewing the applesauce – chewing could damage the pellets from the capsule. Eat all of the sprinkled applesauce to make sure you get the full dose.

Adderall XR (Generic Name: dextroamphetamine saccharate, amphetamine aspartate, dextroamphetamine sulfate, and amphetamine sulfate) is a once-daily, timed-release stimulant medication primarily is used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children ages 6-12, adolescents, and adults. According to the FDA, Adderall XR is a federally controlled substance (CII) because it can be abused or lead to dependence. It is an amphetamine.

Adderall XR may improve focus for people with inattentive ADHD, and decrease impulsivity and hyperactive behavior, the hallmark symptoms in patients with the condition. It has not been studied in children under the age of 6.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends treatment with behavioral therapy before medication for children under the age of 6. For children ages 6 to 11, the AAP says “The primary care clinician should prescribe US Food and Drug Administration–approved medications for ADHD and/or evidence-based parent- and/or teacher-administered behavior therapy as treatment for ADHD, preferably both.” Likewise, the National Institute of Mental Health finds the most successful treatment plans use a combination of ADHD medication, like Adderall XR, and behavior therapies.

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