Adderall is a psychostimulant used to treat the symptoms of ADHD in children and adults. Together with cognitive-behavioral therapy methods, drugs eliminate the main clinical symptoms of ADHD, including inattention, impulsivity, and others. Adderall has not been sold in Ireland since 2011, but patients can buy it at one of its online pharmacies.
For the treatment of ADHD, doctors prescribe prolonged-release Adderall capsules, each capsule may contain 5 mg, 10 mg, 20 mg, 25 mg or 30 mg of a mixed salt of amphetamine. Due to the long half-life (approximately 12 hours), the capsules can only be taken once a day.
Adderall increases the production of the neurotransmitters dopamine and norepinephrine, which play an important role in the pathogenesis of ADHD. These medicines help to reduce the excitability of certain parts of the brain. After administration of this stimulant, the patient remains calm, collects and benefits from improved concentration and other cognitive functions.
Adderall provides therapeutic effects in both the central and peripheral nervous systems. Peak plasma concentrations are reached approximately 7 hours after ingestion. The half-life of Adderall depends on the age of the patient and varies from 10 to 12 hours.
According to Michael Fitzgerald, Ireland’s first professor of child psychiatry, Adderall should be taken in the morning before, during or after a meal. Taking the medicine later in the day increases the risk of insomnia. Dosage depends on age and is selected for each patient.
Children 6 to 12 years of age should be started on ADHD at a dose of 5 mg once a day.
Children, adolescents and adults 13 years of age and older can start treatment for ADHD at a single dose of 10 mg.
Depending on the clinical response and individual tolerability, the daily dose may be increased by 5-10 mg once weekly. Clinical experts do not recommend taking more than 30 mg of Adderall per day.
Children under 12 years of age can use Adderall for up to 20 days, adolescents and adults for up to 1 month. If symptoms of ADHD persist after 3-4 weeks of treatment, the physician should evaluate the appropriateness of further use of stimulants.
Patients should keep in mind that the use of Adderall is only part of a complex treatment for ADHD. Treatment of non-pharmacological diseases should include non-pharmacological methods, selected on a case-by-case basis. According to the recommendations of the Irish Family Therapy Association (FTAI), Adderall should be used with:
- family therapy
- behavioral therapy
- Social Skills Training (SST)
Adderall is only used to treat symptomatic ADHD. The drug does not affect the pathogenesis of the disease and cannot change the patient’s psychological environment.
Before ordering Adderall, the patient should make sure that there are no contraindications to the use of the drug, including:
- moderate or severe high blood pressure
- Hypersensitivity to amphetamine-containing medicinal products
- Medical history or genetic predisposition to drug dependence
In addition, as recommended by experts from the Irish Psychological Association (PSI), Adderall should not be used in people with panic disorder, progressive atherosclerosis or hyperthyroidism.
Before prescribing Adderall, your doctor should consider possible interactions with other medicines. Psychostimulants are not compatible with MAO inhibitors. In addition, the minimum effective dose should be used and caution should be exercised when used in combination with:
- proton pump inhibitor
- serotonergic drugs
- tricyclic antidepressants
This medicine should only be prescribed by a qualified specialist for the treatment of mental disorders. However, because Adderalli is legally sold in online pharmacies without a prescription, patients do not need a doctor’s prescription to buy the medicine. Before ordering, make sure your online pharmacy sends Adderall to Ireland.
Use in patients with an unconfirmed diagnosis of ADHD increases the likelihood of side effects. Adderall can cause insomnia, loss of appetite, headache or dry mouth. If an adverse reaction causes discomfort, the dose should be reduced.
Adderall rarely causes urinary tract infections, high blood pressure or menstrual cramps. These side effects may occur in the event of an overdose of psychostimulants or if the patient does not follow the instructions for use. Patients should seek medical advice as soon as possible if they experience serious health problems.
Despite the fact that you cannot find this medicine in Irish pharmacies, Adderall is still the most commonly prescribed medicine for ADHD.