What is Adderall?
Adderall is a prescription medication that contains the nervous system stimulants amphetamine and dextroamphetamine. The drug is primarily used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. Since Adderall’s initial FDA approval in 1996, the drug’s manufacturer has gone on to release Adderall IR and Adderall XR, which are classified as Schedule II substances which have a high potential for drug abuse and drug dependence.
What’s the Problem?
Adderall can cause a disruption in heart rhythm and increase the risk for severe cardiovascular and psychological problems. Because the drug is amphetamine-based, Adderall is also considered to have a high risk for addiction and dependency.
In 2008, the American Heart Association (AHA) called on all children to be tested for heart problems before being prescribed ADHD drugs such as Adderall. This followed reports that 19 children had died suddenly and another 26 suffered strokes, cardiac arrests and other cardiovascular events while on the medication. The Canadian government removed Adderall XR from the market after receiving similar reports.
Adderall Side Effects
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- Uncontrolled physical movements (i.e. fidgeting, teeth grinding)
- Sudden vocal outbursts
- Severe changes in mood or behavior (unexplained agitation, aggression, depression, mood swings)
- Heart attack
- Cardiovascular problems
- Psychiatric disorders
- Sudden death
- And more
Adderall Black Box Warning
The FDA in 2007 ordered “black box” warnings to be added to the labeling of all ADHD medications warning of potential cardiovascular risks. The agency said it had received reports of serious adverse events in patients who took standard doses of ADHD drugs, including cases of sudden death. New guidelines were ordered for Adderall and other ADHD drugs.
Do I Have an Adderall Lawsuit?
The Pharmaceutical Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Adderall Lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new injury cases in all 50 states.
If you or a loved one was injured by the side effects of Adderall, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.