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Brand Name: Adderall and Adderall XR Generic Name: amphetamine, dextroamphetamine Usage: Adderall and Adderall XR have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) for children six years old and above. Adderall is a short acting medication Normally, the first dose of Adderall is taken first thing in the morning. Additional doses can be taken four to six hours later. It can be taken with or without food. It is available in the following strengths: 5 mg 7.5 mg 10 mg 12.5 mg 15 mg 20 mg 30 mg Adderall XR is an extended release medication and is generally taken once daily, normally in the morning. Extended release medications should always be swallowed whole. Adderall XR is available in the following: 5 mg 10 mg 15 mg 20 mg 25 mg 30 mg Physicians will often start patients on lower doses and increase as needed. This helps to find the lowest possible dose to improve symptoms. ...
Most people are familiar with some of the common side-effects of Adderall : loss of appetite, headache, stomach upset, weight loss and difficulty sleeping. But one of the lesser known side-effects, skin problems can be devastating. An investigation on the adverse effects of Adderall XR in 2006 by the FDA indicated three areas of adverse events: cardiovascular , psychiatric and dematological. A report issued indicated, "The final area of concern that was found in this review, serious adverse skin reactions with Adderall XR, is not currently being addressed." 
According to the medication guide for Adderall XR, adverse reactions can include, "Urticaria, rash, hypersensitivity reactions including angioedema and anaphylaxis. Serious skin rashes, including Stevens Johnson Syndrome and toxic epidermal necrolysis have been reported." 
Stevens-Johnson Syndrome is a serious skin disease, usually resulting from an allergic reaction from a medication. Symptoms include
Can drinking a cup of coffee help ADHD symptoms ? Some experts say "yes" but with limited effectiveness. Caffeine is a stimulant and for millions of people in the United States and around the world it is used on a daily basis to help with alertness in the morning and to fight sleepiness during the day. A cup of coffee can help increase attention and focus , but lacks the overall effectiveness of traditional stimulant medications, such as Ritalin, Concerta or Adderall. A number of studies have been completed on caffeine and ADHD, but the results are mixed. Some studies found that caffeine helps on tasks involving memory and others have found caffeine to improve concentration but decrease short-term memory. Other studies have found that two to three cups of coffee has the same effect as a low dose of methylphenidate (Ritalin). Caffeine, like stimulant medications, may have a different effect on each person. For some, two cups of coffee each morning can help improve alertness and attention,...
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