Adderall Injury Lawsuits
Have you or your child been a victim of an Adderall injury? The right thing to do is to contact a personal injury attorney if this is true.
Adderall is manufactured by Shire Pharmaceuticals. It is the brand name for a medication that is a combination of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine. These are amphetamine mixed salts. Both of these drugs work to stimulate your central nervous system, which consists of your brain, spinal cord and your body's nerve network. They do this by affecting chemicals that are located in your nerves and brain that contribute to impulse control and hyperactivity.
Adderall is used for the treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children who are over 3 years of age. Adderall is used by adults to improve attention span, reduce restlessness and hyperactivity, decrease impulsivity and decrease distractibility. Adderall is also used in the treatment of bipolar disorder and narcolepsy (an uncontrollable desire for sleep or sudden attacks of deep sleep).
Adderall can be taken in two forms. These are Adderall immediate release (IR) and Adderall extended release (XR). Adderall IR releases stimulant medication immediately after it is ingested. Adderall IR comes in 5, 10, 20 and 30 mg capsules and is often taken 2 to 3 times a day with effects that continue for 4 to 6 hours.
Adderall XR also releases the stimulant medication immediately after being ingested. However, it also releases stimulant medication, again, around 4 to 6 hours later. Adderall XR is available in 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 mg capsules that are taken once a day with effects that last for as long as 12 hours. Adderall XR has been approved to treat children who are 6 years of age and older. Adults can also take Adderall XR.
Adderall is a federally controlled substance. The reason for this is due to the fact that it has a high potential for abuse. In addition, it can result in drug dependence if it is used for long periods of time in high doses.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received reports of Adderall related stroke, heart attack and death in both children and adults. The alarming thing is that these numbers may increase as more children are prescribed Adderall for ADHD. In addition, there are also reports of Adderall related heart problems in people who take the drug for bipolar disorder and college students who buy Adderall as a street drug, mistakenly thinking that Adderall is a "smart drug".
Side Effects of Adderall
As already alluded to, there are some serious side effects of Adderall. Some of these are:
- Anxiety and fear
- Nervousness, restlessness or excitability
- Heart problems
- Heart attack
As a result of these serious side effects, class action lawsuits have already been filed. If you believe that you or your child has suffered an Adderall injury, you really should get in touch with a personal injury attorney. Most personal attorneys work on a contingency fee basis which means that it will cost you nothing to have a personal injury attorney evaluate your case.