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How to Deal with Adderall Side Effects

By Erin Beck ; Updated July 27, 2017

Adderall, a prescription stimulant, is of immense help to many people with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, but it does come with drawbacks. The medication has several common side effects that occur in some people, but several side effects might discontinue after your body is used to the medication, according to In the meantime, several strategies for dealing with the side effects can help you cope.

  1. Ask your doctor if he can recommend medications for gastrointestinal problems. Constipation or diarrhea can occur when taking Adderall.

  2. Take over-the-counter drugs for headaches. See a doctor about discontinuing Adderall if you have to take headache medicine more than twice a week. If you use these headache medicines three or more time per week, your headaches might start to occur more often, last longer and become more severe, according to the University of Wisconsin.

  3. Give Adderall time to wear off before engaging in sexual activity because one possible side effect of Adderall is reduced sex drive.

  4. Manage nausea by using over-the-counter motion sickness medications. Consult your doctor about how often it is safe to use these medications.

  5. Take your second dose of Adderall only after the first one has worn off, if Adderall negatively affects your appetite. The time between doses will allow your appetite to return.

  6. Take your last dose of Adderall no later than six hours before you go to bed to prevent insomnia. If you still experience insomnia, start taking your last dose earlier until you no longer have the condition.

  7. Exercise if Adderall makes you irritable. You can also try stress management techniques such as listening to music or writing in a journal. Talk to a counselor about coping with anger in a healthy way.

  8. Ask your doctor to switch your medication if dizziness becomes too bothersome. Dizziness is usually treated by dealing with the underlying cause such as inner ear infections or Meniere's disease, according to

  9. Talk to your doctor if you experience dry mouth. Your doctor might prescribe pilocarpine (Salagen) or cevimeline (Evoxac) to stimulate saliva production, according to

  10. Speak with your doctor about switching medications or changing dosage if any Adderall side effects outweigh the benefits of taking the medication.

  11. Get emergency medical help if you have any signs of an allergic reaction, such as hives, difficulty breathing or swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

  12. Stop using Adderall and call your doctor right away if you experience fast, pounding, or uneven heartbeats; light-headedness; fainting or increased blood pressure characterized by severe headache, blurred vision, trouble concentrating, chest pain, numbness or seizure.

  13. Also call your health-care provider if you experience tremor, restlessness, hallucinations, unusual behavior or muscle twitches.

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