Adderall Dosage | Adderall Dosage Chart for Adults
Adderall is a prescription drug that’s classified as a stimulant, which means it speeds up brain activity and the overall activity of the central nervous system. Adderall is a combination of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine, and it’s used for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD and narcolepsy in some cases.
When people are prescribed Adderall, the objective is that it helps calm symptoms of ADHD so they can focus more, concentrate and better control their behavior and actions. It also has many side effects that are the result of the fact that it’s a stimulant. Some of these side effects include insomnia and sleep disturbances, anxiety, loss of appetite, dizziness, and headaches.
Some of the more severe side effects of Adderall can include heart rhythm issues, increased blood pressure, and possible sudden cardiac problems.
There is a potential for abuse with Adderall, as well as addiction and dependence. People frequently abuse Adderall because they want to feel high, which can include a sense of euphoria and extreme confidence and energy. They may also abuse the drug to help them stay awake for long periods of time to work or study, and also to lose weight, although appetite suppression doesn’t continue after the effects of Adderall wear off.
Adderall is considered a long-term treatment in people who are prescribed to use it.
Adderall works by affecting the central nervous system. It increases the availability of two neurotransmitters in the brain, which are dopamine and norepinephrine, which boosts the speed of brain activity.
There’s another drug that’s similar in many ways to Adderall, which is Ritalin but one of the biggest differences between the two is the fact that Ritalin starts acting faster but also reaches its peak level of effectiveness more quickly than Adderall. Adderall stays in the body of the user for longer than Ritalin.
When looking at the Adderall dosage, there are distinctions between extended release and immediate release options. The Adderall dosage instructions are different for the two.
With Adderall immediate release or IR, it usually starts working more quickly, and it can cause a big rush, but then after 4 to 6 hours, it can also cause a crash. Adderall XR can take about half an hour to start working, and it lasts for around 10 hours. Both IR and XR can have a crash as you come down from the effects of the drug, but XR tends to have a less significant comedown.
With an Adderall dosage for the XR version, it begins at 5 mg. Then there are 10 mg, 15 mg, 20 mg and 25 mg, and 30 mg.
The Adderall dosage options for immediate release start at 5 mg and include 7.5 mg, 10 mg, 12.5 mg, 15 mg, 20 mg, and 30 mg. There is more flexibility in the Adderall dosage chart with immediate release, so doctors can start patients out on a minimal dose and increase it incrementally, which is often preferred.
For narcolepsy treatment, doctors may begin with 5 mg a day and then go up to 60 mg a day, given every four to six hours.
With Adderall extended release there would only be a dose taken once daily rather than divided doses. A doctor may still recommend that with XR tablets the dose not exceed 40 mg a day, but with the XR prescription your doctor may have you take the maximum dosage of 30 mg.
Some people get high from Adderall by snorting it or dissolving it and injecting it, and this makes it even riskier.
It’s possible to experience a fatal dose by trying to get an Adderall dosage high, so this should be avoided.
People should never take Adderall without a prescription for their doctor, and if they do have a prescription, they should use it only as directed.
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