Is Adderall Considered A Narcotic?


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Is Adderall Considered A Narcotic?


Adderall is not a medical narcotic. A narcotic is a medicine (illegal or legal) that is derived from opium. Some examples of legally prescribed narcotics include morphine and codeine. These types of medications are prescribed for pain. An example of an illicit narcotic is heroin. Narcotics can often lead to a feeling of euphoria. They are considered highly addictive.

Adderall is a stimulant medication used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. One of the reasons for the confusion might be that Adderall is classified as a Schedule II medication by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which is how narcotics are classified as well.  This classification is given to medications that have addictive properties but also have a medical use.  For this reason, sometimes Adderall and other stimulant medications are listed as narcotics for legal purposes.

Stimulant medications are the most common form of treatment for ADHD. These medications help to reduce symptoms, such as inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity. They are often used in conjunction with behavioral therapy. Adderall, and other stimulant medications, have been found to be effective in about 70 percent of people who take them. When taken as directed they are not considered to be addictive. There is a potential for abuse if they are misused, such as taking someone else's prescription or taking more than prescribed.

Answered by Eileen Bailey