What is Adderall IR?
How Adderall IR works
Adderall IR is an amphetamine stimulant. Researchers don’t know exactly how it works for ADHD, but it increases the activity of the hormones norepinephrine and dopamine in the brain, which improves attention and changes behavior.
What is Adderall IR used for?
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
Narcolepsy (daytime sleepiness)
Adderall IR dosage forms
Typical dosing for Adderall IR
When taken for ADHD by adults and children 6 years of age and older, the typical starting dose of Adderall IR is 5 mg by mouth once or twice daily.
Frequently asked questions about Adderall IR
Is Adderall IR addictive?
Yes. Adderall IR is a prescription stimulant which can be addictive if used for a long time. Not everyone who uses it long-term will become dependent on it.
Can you buy Adderall IR online?
Is Strattera similar to Adderall IR?
Is Adderall IR bad for you long term?
How long does it take for Adderall IR to wear off?
Pros and cons of Adderall IR
First-choice medication for ADHD
Starts working within hours after taking
Can be used together with behavioral counseling or other non-drug therapies to treat ADHD
Available as a cheaper generic medication
Available in both immediate and extended release forms
Take in the morning (avoid the afternoon), otherwise it can cause difficulty sleeping
Not safe for people with a history of heart problems
This drug can be habit-forming with long-term use
For school-aged children, a second dose will probably need to be given at school
Children can have multiple side effects including stunted growth and weight loss – schedule routine visits with your child’s healthcare provider
Pharmacist tips for Adderall IR
Take doses earlier in the day to avoid trouble sleeping.
Don’t take Adderall IR with alcohol or illicit drugs. Taking them together can lead to unwanted and potentially dangerous side effects.
Take Adderall IR as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Risk of substance abuse is low when taken as prescribed.
Take with or without food.
Take doses at intervals of four to six hours.
Some acid-reducing medications can affect how long the medication stays in your body, talk to your healthcare provider if you use over the counter acid-reducing medicatios.
Avoid driving the first few days after you start Adderall IR. You’ll want to know how your body responds to the medication before you drive a vehicle.
Prices for Adderall IR start at just $14.49 with a GoodRx coupon. They’re fast, easy-to-use and free!
View Coupon Prices
What are the side effects of Adderall IR?
With any medication, there are risks and benefits. Even if the medication is working, you may experience some unwanted side effects.
Contact your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following:
Allergic reaction (difficulty breathing, swelling in head, neck or throat, or develop a rash on your body)
Serotonin Syndrome (see risks and warnings for details)
Life threatening heart problems (see risks and warnings for details)
The following side effects may get better over time as your body gets used to the medication. Let your doctor know immediately if you continue to experience these symptoms or if they worsen over time.
Common side effects
Anger, depression or other changes in mood
Decreased appetite and weight loss
Constipation or Diarrhea
Dry mouth or unpleasant tastes
Uncontrollable muscle movements
Severe allergic reactions, rash or hives
Racing heart or high blood pressure
Other side effects
Changes in sex drive
Skin picking disorder