Adderall: Does Adderall cause heart
problems and drug abuse? What are the harmful side effects of Adderall? Is your
health at risk?
Are you at risk for heart problems, heart
damage, irregular heart beat, or worse sudden death caused by Adderall? Have you
or your child had a stroke induced by taking Adderall? Are you addicted to
Adderall? Do you have serious side effects caused from recreational Adderall
abuse? Do you need an Adderall lawyer to pursue your Adderall injuries with an
In February 2005, Health Canada, the
counterpart agency similar to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA),
suspended the market authorization of Adderall XR®, a drug prescribed for
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children and adults.
Health Canada's decision comes as a result of a thorough review of safety
information provided by Shire Pharmaceuticals Group plc, the Pennsylvania
manufacturer, which indicated there were 20 international reports of sudden
death in patients taking either Adderall (sold in the United States but not in
Canada) or Adderall XR (sold in Canada). These deaths were not associated with
overdose, misuse, or abuse. Fourteen deaths occurred in children and six deaths
in adults. There were 12 reports of stroke, two of which occurred in children.
None of the reported deaths or strokes occurred in Canada.
Yet here in the United States, the FDA does not feel that any immediate
changes are warranted for Adderall labeling or Adderall warnings.
Adderall is a stimulant prescription drug usually prescribed for children over
6-years old and adults with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention
Deficit with Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The brain disorders, ADD and ADHD,
are diagnosed by psychiatrists and psychologists. ADD and ADHD cause children
and adults to have problems focusing in a learning environment, even though they
usually have average to above average IQs. No one is quite sure why a stimulant
has a calming effect on the brains of ADD and ADHD patients.
Why is Adderall prescribed to children?
Adderall is used to treat ADD and ADHD. It is prescribed for the following
symptoms in children:
- Moderate to severe distractibility
- Short attention span
- Mood swings
For children taking Adderall
Using Adderall for prolonged periods of time may lead to drug dependence or
addiction. Clinical experience suggests that in psychotic children, stimulant
drugs like Adderall may exacerbate symptoms of behavior disturbance and thought
disorder. Chronic use of Adderall has been associated with sudden death or
stroke. Adderall may be associated with growth inhibition. Your child’s
physician should be monitoring your child’s growth during Adderall treatment.
Recently, stimulant drugs like Adderall and
Ritalin have become popular as either recreational drugs or “speed” for people
who like to stay awake all night and party or for late night cram sessions.
Adderall is a stimulant drug like other stimulant drugs such as cocaine,
amphetamines, methamphetamines, and caffeine. When taken recreationally,
Adderall is sometimes crushed and snorted through the nostrils or taken orally.
Amphetamines like Adderall have a high potential for abuse. Taking amphetamines
for long periods of time may lead to drug addiction. Misuse of Adderall may
cause sudden death and heart attacks or other serious heart problems.
Side effects of Adderall abuse
- suppression of growth in height (if you are
- excessive sweating
- decreased appetite
- excessive talking
- heart palpitations
- skin rashes
- digestive problems
- toxic psychosis
- drug dependence (addiction)
- severe depression upon withdrawal
Please take the time to answer the questionnaire if you or your child has or had
severe drug abuse, heart problems or stroke, or other side effects from Adderall
and if you are interested in learning more about your legal rights against Shire
Pharmaceuticals Group, the manufacturer of Adderall. Your inquiry is appreciated
and we will follow up in a timely manner.