What is Adderall?

Just as Kleenex is a brand name of tissue, Adderall is the brand name of the popular generic psychostimulant medication comprised of dextroamphetamine and amphetamine prescribed to adults and children as young as age 3. Largely used in the treatment of traumatic brain injury, narcolepsy and more prevalently Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Adderall increases the user’s ability’s to focus on tasks stimulating alertness while simultaneously eliminating exhaustion and quelling restlessness. The medication oftentimes succeeds in combating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder’s symptoms of depression, learning disabilities, substance abuse, as well anxiety and bipolar disorders. Adderall treatment accomplishes such feats by manipulating chemicals in the nerves and the brain that govern the control of impulses in the human body. Adderall is also proven to increase libido in its users.

It seems counterintuitive to prescribe the stimulant Adderall to combat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder as a stimulant such as sugar would only increase hyperactivity in adults or children. However the effect of Adderall is the production of a calm in the user that counteracts the natural propensity for hyperactivity! Furthermore Adderall aids in effective anxiety management allowing the user to take back control of their impulses.

The brand name version of this medication made of dextroamphetamine and amphetamine Adderall is manufactured by Shire US, Inc and is available in two forms Adderall Instant Release (IR) and Adderall Extended Release (XR). The different “releases” refer to the amount of time it takes for the medication to reach its point of ultimate saturation and how long it remains in the concentrated in the blood plasma.


Adderall’s side effects are numerous and include heart and blood pressure ailments. Abuse of Adderall is also an issue as it is largely habit-forming and is listed as a Schedule II drug in light of the Controlled Substance Act as part of the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1970.