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Although most people tolerate Adderall well, there are some potential side effects of the medication, such as headaches, weight loss, and emotional changes. In many cases, Adderall side effects are minor and can be easily treated by you or your healthcare provider. However, there are several side effects of Adderall (such as chest tightness) that you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.
Adderall Side Effects: An IntroductionAs with any medicine, there are possible side effects associated with Adderall® (amphetamine and dextroamphetamine). However, not everyone who takes Adderall will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate Adderall well. When side effects do occur, in most cases they are minor, meaning they require no treatment or are easily treated by your or your healthcare provider.
Common Adderall Side EffectsAdderall has been thoroughly studied in clinical trials, with many people having been evaluated. In these studies, side effects occurring in the group of people taking the drug are always documented and compared to the side effects that occur in a similar group of people not taking the medicine. Based on the studies of Adderall XR (a long-acting version of Adderall), the most common side effects included:
- Loss of appetite (anorexia)
- Dry mouth
- Difficulty sleeping (insomnia)
- Abdominal pain (or stomach pain)
- Temporary increases in blood pressure
- Weight loss (see Adderall and Weight Loss)
- Emotional changes
- Nausea, upset stomach, or vomiting
- Feeling of weakness (asthenia)
- Increased heart rate (tachycardia)
- Infection, including urinary tract infection (UTI)