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What is Adderall?

Adderall is an amphetamine used to treat ADHA by increasing dopamine and norepinephrine in the brain. But with recent reports that Adderall helps to increase libido, alertness, concentration and performance while improving the mood and decreasing fatigue, more and more people are trying to get prescriptions to use this medication for weight loss. Adderall comes in two forms: extended-release and instant-release. So can it really help you lose the weight you’re looking to lose?

The History Behind Adderall

Adderall comes in capsules and tablets in both an instant-release and extended-release form. Both forms are manufactured by Teva and Barr Pharmaceuticals. Shire Pharmaceuticals first created and introduced Adderall in 1996 as a spin-off of Obetrol, a weight loss drug, though it is now used for ADHD treatment more than it is used for weight loss. Currently Teva produces both types of Adderall in generic and name brand forms, while Shire only produces the extended-release form.

Adderall is formulated with active ingredients as well as racemic DL-amphetamine salts and dextroamphetamine. The instant-release and extended-release forms contain different amounts of these salts. With Shire’s inability to evergreen its product, Adderall can be sold in generic form.


When it comes to weight loss, Adderall really shouldn’t even be considered. There are no positives and only dangerous side effects associated with using Adderall for weight loss. As a medication to treat ADHD, Adderall has proven to be effective, but the potential for weight loss is not enough to take Adderall solely to help you lose weight because of the possible damaging side effects.


Adderall comes with rather dangerous side effects, like all amphetamine stimulants can. Possible side effects include heart attack, stroke and even sudden death. Prolonged use in high does can lead to extreme insomnia, fatigue, mental depression and irritability. Adderall can also increase blood pressure, leading to other adverse side effects. Some users reportedly experienced seizures and increased aggression. Women who are pregnant are strongly advised against taking Adderall.


The side effects of Adderall such as increased libido, concentration and decreased fatigue are the reason its become more and more popular among people looking to lose weight, unfortunately the dangerous side effects are often ignored by those looking to Adderall to lose weight. Many individuals request a prescription for Adderall because its shown to dramatically reduce the appetite. These users have not been prescribed Adderall for ADHD reasons. Misusing a prescription drug, such as for a weight loss mechanism, can be harmful. The other side effects of this product have been reported in those using it as a weight loss supplement. Adderall is not a weight loss supplement and should not be used as such despite the fact that more and more individuals are trying to get their hands on it to help them lose weight. There are safer, healthier and easier ways to lose weight.

Adderall Consumer Reviews

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I use Adderall because of my adhd. I have loss a few pounds due to me taking the meds, however, it was because i had more positive energy and I could concentrate on the thing I was doing that was bad for me.

coco smith June 19, 2012 at 3:38 pm

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hi, i was given a prescription from my doctor for adderall to help lose weight, HOWEVER, after reading the possible side effects,i am NOT going to fill it!!What iswrong here?
I will seek another more effective and healthy way to lose weight. I am surprised he didnt tell me any, or to try perhaps Weight Watchers? Any comments, I would love to hear. I have 25 lbs. to lose and no motivation. NOW WHAT? Thanks for listening!

marie taylor July 28, 2011 at 3:24 pm

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i take the generic adderall for adult add it is a life saver for me being a self employed artist i can get side tracked easily w/o it! i like the generic better than cpsule because i feel i can control it better because i can take a half or whole depending on how much i have to accomplish during a job.

dawn dias June 9, 2011 at 1:36 am

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