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General Information on Your Adderall XR Dose

Some considerations to keep in mind when taking Adderall XR include the following:
  • The medication should be taken at the same time every morning, first thing after waking up.
  • If you do not take your dose of Adderall XR as scheduled, take it as soon as you remember in the morning. If you remember in the afternoon or later, skip the dose for that day. This medicine is designed to be taken in the morning and may cause problems sleeping if taken later in the day. Do not take a double dose.
  • Your Adderall XR dosage can be taken with or without food.
  • Because the capsules contain tiny beads that release the medication slowly, it is important to swallow them whole (do not chew or crush them).
  • For people who have difficultly swallowing, Adderall XR capsules may be opened and the beads sprinkled on applesauce. The applesauce should be eaten right away and should not be chewed.
  • For this drug to work properly, you have to take it as prescribed. Adderall XR will not work if you take it in a way other than how your healthcare provider recommends.
  • If you are unsure about anything related to dosing with Adderall XR, talk to your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist. Do not stop taking the drug without first discussing it with your healthcare provider.
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