The US Food and Drug and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced a shortage of Adderall.

 

What is it?

  • Adderall is the brand name for the formulation that consists of a combination of dextroamphetamine and amphetamine.
  • It is an FDA-approved drug for the treatment of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy, a sleep condition that causes daytime sleepiness.
  • Adderall belongs to the class of drugs known as stimulants and increases the levels of dopamine and norepinephrine in the brain.
  • For people diagnosed with ADHD, Adderall can help improve focus, concentration, impulse control and hyperactivity, because of its effects on the central nervous system.
  • Adderall is classified as a Schedule II drug in the US, which means that while it has positive medicinal effects, there is a large potential for abuse.