Adderall has over the years gotten much publicity, criticism and praise as a drug that can help treat ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder). It’s usually part of a broader plan to treat the disorder, including counseling, help in learning how to deal appropriately with social situations and ways to learn to focus.
As you likely know, ADHD can in children result in a certain restlessness, fidgeting and diminished ability to concentrate and pay attention in school. Because Adderall combines stimulants (amphetamine and dextroamphetamine), it can help restore balance to neurotransmitters in the brain.
In addition to treatment of ADHD, the drug is sometimes used to treat narcolepsy, helping users to stay awake.
It is probably not surprising that this prescription drug has a number of side effects, including nausea, vomiting, headache, fever, diarrhea, pain, upset stomach, loss of appetite (weight loss), dry mouth and sleep disturbances. Other possible side effects, according to WebMD, include extreme sleepiness, blurry vision, slurred speech and sometimes confusion. Another possible side effect, though you won’t find it listed on a prescription bottle: if you drive while taking Adderall, and you have difficulty concentrating on traffic or are confused and have slurred speech, you might be taken into custody on charges of driving under the influence of drugs (DUID).
Even though the drug has been properly prescribed to you for legitimate symptoms, its use can result in a DUI/DUID violation. Talk to your physician about proper usage and how to minimize physical problems with the medication.
If you find yourself in legal trouble after using this prescription or any other, talk to an attorney experienced in DUID defense; someone who understands the predicament you find yourself in and has who has helped others in similar circumstances.