Learn the short- and long-term effects of Adderall on the body

By Sarah Bradley, Aug 29, 2023

Adderall is a brand-name drug; its generic is amphetamine-dextroamphetamine. Both are a combination of amphetamine salts: dextroamphetamine and amphetamine, according to Alex Dimitriu, MD, founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine. It’s FDA approved for the treatment of ADHD and narcolepsy, but it’s sometimes prescribed off-label as a weight loss drug. The drug works by stimulating the central nervous system thereby increasing the amounts of certain neurotransmitters (norepinephrine and dopamine) in the brain. 

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