Adderall is a stimulant drug that has been approved by the FDA for attention deficit disorder (ADD)/attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in the USA. Adderall consists of a mixture of the neutral sulfate salts of dexamphetamine and amphetamine. It works as a central nervous system stimulant for increased attention span, concentration and focus. It is also often used to help reduce fatigue, especially in situations such as MS or sleep disorders such as narcolepsy in adults. Although these drugs improve behavior and cognitive functioning in 75% of children in formal placebo-controlled trials, in actual clinical practice they provide little long-term benefit with a high prevalence of adverse effects—decreased appetite, sleep problems, anxiety, and irritability.[1]
Actually, Adderall is a drug similar to meth, and is not a nootropic at all, but because of its cognitive enhancing effects, it is usually associated with them. It is more of a smart drug like Modafinil. But unlike Modafinil, there are a number of dangerous side effects associated with Adderall as well as serious risk of addiction, tolerance and withdrawal.


Adderall is a combination of mixed amphetamine salts, which are psycho-stimulants that modulate regions of the brain regarding focus, attention, and mood. It is very popular with the students and the professionals whose jobs are very demanding.
People use this mixture medication to relieve them of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder – ADHD. Adderall works by changing the amounts of certain natural substances in the brain. Amphetamine/dextroamphetamine belongs to a class of drugs known as stimulants. It is thought that it can help increase your ability to pay attention, stay focused on an activity, and control behavior problems. It may also help you to organize your tasks and improve listening skills.
Adderall is also used to relieve you of a certain sleeping disorder (narcolepsy) to help you stay awake during the day. However, this drug should not be used in the case of tiredness or to hold off sleep in people who do not have a sleep disorder.[2]

How it works

When Adderall is absorbed into the bloodstream, it then enters the central nervous system and is taken up by neurons in the brain. Then, the drug targets storage areas of the brain which hold neurotransmitters like Dopamine, Norepinephrine, and Adrenaline.[3]
Amphetamines stimulate the release of norepinephrine from central adrenergic receptors. At higher dosages, they cause release of dopamine from the mesocorticolimbic system and the nigrostriatal dopamine systems. Amphetamine may also act as a direct agonist on central 5-HT receptors and may inhibit monoamine oxidase (MAO). In the periphery, amphetamines are believed to cause the release of noradrenaline by acting on the adrenergic nerve terminals and alpha- and beta-receptors. Modulation of serotonergic pathways may contribute to the calming effects. The drug interacts with VMAT enzymes to enhance release of DA and 5-HT from vesicles. It may also directly cause the reversal of DAT and SERT.[4]
Again, by artificially activating the adrenergic system, Adderall increases the release of the neurotransmitters like Dopamine, Norepinephrine, and Adrenaline into your CNS. The result is a range of effects characteristic of amphetamine stimulants such as increased heart rate and blood pressure, higher energy levels and enhanced concentration, alertness and attention.


People usually take Adderall as a stimulant for cognitive enhancement and for reducing attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. But Adderall comes with a long list of possible side effects, even sometimes the side effects may be with life-threatening risks. Your doctor may prescribe this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
The most common Adderall side effects include: loss of appetite, weight loss, dry mouth, stomach upset/pain, nausea/vomiting, dizziness, headache, diarrhea, fever, nervousness, and trouble sleeping. When you see any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor promptly.
Inform your doctor immediately if you have any serious side effects, like – signs of blood flow problems in the fingers or toes (such as coldness, numbness, pain, or skin color changes), unusual wounds on the fingers or toes, mental/mood/behavior changes (such as agitation, aggression, mood swings, depression, abnormal thoughts, thoughts of suicide), uncontrolled movements, continuous chewing movements/teeth grinding, outbursts of words/sounds, change in sexual ability/desire, frequent/prolonged erections (in males).
You are also advised to stop using Adderall medication and to get medical help right away if you have any very serious side effects, including – shortness of breath, chest/jaw/left arm pain, fainting, severe headache, fast/pounding/irregular heartbeat, seizures, swelling of the ankles/feet, extreme tiredness, blurred vision, weakness on one side of the body, slurred speech, confusion.[5]
Also you should not take Adderall when you have taken an MAO inhibitor in the past 2 weeks,  or you have high blood pressure, heart disease, coronary artery disease (hardened arteries); overactive thyroid; glaucoma; severe anxiety, tension, or agitation (stimulant medicine can make these symptoms worse); or a history of drug or alcohol addiction.
Tell your doctor clearly if you also take opioid medicine, herbal products, or medicine for depression, mental illness, Parkinson’s disease, migraine headaches, serious infections, or prevention of nausea and vomiting, or any medicines for symptoms of serotonin syndrome.
Since stimulants can cause stroke, heart attack, and sudden death in certain people. Tell your doctor before taking Adderall if you have heart problems or a congenital heart defect, high blood pressure, or a family history of heart disease or sudden death. Taking Adderall during pregnancy can cause premature birth, low birth weight, or withdrawal symptoms in the newborn baby. inform your doctor of your pregnancy planning. As amphetamine and dextroamphetamine can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby, avoid breast-feed while you are using this medicine. Moreover, Adderall is not approved for use by anyone younger than 6 years old.[6]
Taking Adderall actually reduces creativity and clear thinking, disturbs sleep, and the crash is horrible.
However, this is not a complete list of Adderall side effects. There may be many other side effects for which Adderall is basically taking meth.


The proper dosage of Adderall is generally determined by a number of factors such as the age of the person taking the product (i.e. child or adult) and the purpose for which it is being used.
A usual recommended dosage for adults is between 5 and 60 mg daily in spit dosage throughout the day. you can take it at the awakening and use 1 to 2 additional administrations in 4 to 6 hour intervals. Nevertheless, you are suggested to consult a qualified medical professional before taking Adderall and remain under supervision of your doctor.


We have Phenylpiracetam, a piracetam derivative and also a member of the racetam family, which also has almost all the benefits of Adderall but with least adverse effects. Phenylpiracetam is a powerful nootropic and more effective in improving memory and learning compared to other nootropic supplements, and by improving cerebral processing, it benefits cognitive function.
We also have a natural herb Guarana Extract that is a nootropic and works on the brain by increasing mental alertness and promoting overall energy levels.
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