WHAT IS ADDERALL XR 30MG?
Adderall XR 30mg 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.
Originally, Adderall was developed to treat narcolepsy; it should not be used to treat tiredness or other sleep-related problems without a doctor’s specific instructions and prescription.
HOW DO YOU USE ADDERALL XR?
Before starting or refilling an Adderall XR prescription, read the medication guide included with your pills, as it may be updated with new information.
This guide should not replace a conversation with your doctor, who has a holistic view of your or your child’s medical history, other diagnoses, and other prescriptions. If you have questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist before you begin taking the medication.
WHAT IS THE DOSAGE FOR ADDERALL XR?
As with all medications, follow your Adderall XR prescription instructions exactly. Adderall XR is taken orally, with or without food, once daily. The first dose is typically taken first thing in the morning; it should be taken at the same time each day for the best results.
Capsules should be swallowed whole with water or other liquids. If your child is unable to swallow the capsule, it can be opened and sprinkled over a spoonful of applesauce. Taken this way, the mixture should be swallowed whole without chewing, followed by a drink of water or other liquid. Capsules should never by crushed or chewed.
Capsules are available in 5mg, 10mg, 15mg, 20mg, 25mg and 30mg dosages. The time-release formulation is designed to maintain a steady level of medication in your body throughout the day.
The optimal dosage varies patient by patient; is not determined by age, weight, or height, but rather by how a person metabolizes the medication. Your doctor may adjust your daily dosage by 5mg increments until you or your child experiences the best response — that is, the lowest dosage at which you experience the greatest improvement in symptoms without side effects.