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Dr. Richard A. Huntoon

Newburgh Chiropractor


Adderall XR

(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects of Adderall XR. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list of Adderall XR side effects with you.)

Common Side Effects of Adderall XR

Adderall XR has been studied thoroughly in clinical trials, with many people having been evaluated. In these studies, the side effects that occurred in a group of people taking the drug were documented and then compared to the side effects that occurred in another group of people taking a placebo (a "sugar pill" that does not contain any active ingredients). As a result, it was possible to see what side effects occurred, how often they appeared, and how they compared to the group not taking the medicine.

Based on these studies, the most common Adderall XR side effects include: 

  • Loss of appetite -- in up to 36 percent of people
  • Dry mouth -- up to 35 percent
  • Difficulty sleeping (insomnia) -- up to 27 percent
  • Headaches -- up to 26 percent
  • Abdominal pain (stomach pain) -- up to 14 percent
  • Temporary increase in blood pressure -- up to 11 percent
  • Weight loss -- up to 11 percent
  • Emotional changes -- up to 9 percent
  • Nausea, upset stomach, or vomiting -- up to 8 percent
  • Dizziness -- up to 7 percent
  • Diarrhea -- up to 6 percent
  • Feeling of weakness (asthenia) -- up to 6 percent
  • Increased heart rate (tachycardia) -- up to 6 percent
  • Infection, including urinary tract infection (UTI) -- up to 5 percent
  • Fever -- up to 5 percent
  • Heartburn -- up to 2 percent.

Adderall XR can also cause a temporary slowing of growth in children. This is usually small (less than an inch and less than two pounds), and children usually catch up to within normal limits in time.

Adderall XR Side Effects to Report

Some side effects with Adderall XR, while occurring infrequently, are potentially serious and should be reported immediately to your healthcare provider. These include but are not limited to: 

  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Confusion
  • Chest tightness
  • Chest pain or heart palpitations
  • Shortness of breath
  • Depression
  • More outgoing or aggressive behavior than normal
  • Strange behavior
  • Hallucinations (seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not really there)
  • Agitation or restlessness
  • Fainting
  • Seizures
  • Unexplained rash
  • Hives
  • Uncontrolled movements of the head, neck, mouth, arms, or legs (known as tics).

Rare Side Effects Seen With Adderall XR

Rare Adderall XR side effects were reported in very few people taking the drug. Given how uncommon these side effects are, it is difficult to tell whether they are caused by the medication or something else.

Some of these rare side effects include but are not limited to: 

  • Fatigue or tiredness
  • Constipation
  • Shakiness
  • Sweating
  • Impotence
  • Decreased sex drive  

If you have seizures, heart problems, or mental problems, Adderall XR can aggravate the symptoms of these conditions. 

Final Thoughts

You may experience some or none of the side effects listed in this article. Unfortunately, there is no way for your healthcare provider to know beforehand if you will have side effects from a medicine that you have never tried. Therefore, be sure to let your healthcare provider know if you develop any side effects while taking the drug. Also, let your healthcare provider know if you develop something that "just does not seem right." While it may not be a side effect of Adderall XR, your healthcare provider will be able to diagnose and treat the problem.

If you are currently taking prescription medication for your symptoms and are interested in building more health and perhaps getting off your medication by addressing the cause of your health concern, please call the office and let us discuss your options.  I will work with your medical doctor to restore your health and reduce or eliminate the need for medication.

Dr. Huntoon has a single mission:

To support as many people as possible in their quest for health and enable them to improve and maintain their health to the highest level possible, while educating them about the benefits of Chiropractic, Natural Healthcare and Holistic Living, so they in turn can teach others to support us having a healthy community.

Your Choice

Health concerns are a major source of lost happiness and lost joy in all of our lives. Finding a solution that is agreeable and enables you to get back to your life is important. Please appreciate that you always have the more invasive surgery and prescription medication available to you as a last resort. What many Traditional Medical Doctors may not share is, many times, once you begin that journey into medication and/or surgery, it alters your original body from the one that you were born with. Unfortunately, at that time, more conservative and natural treatments may no longer be viable. I encourage you to consider that before making any decisions about treatment for your health. As always I am here to help. 
Your Choice:
  • Continue doing the same thing and nothing changes or it may get worse


  • Try something different and get a different result that makes you happier and healthier.
The Choice is Yours
Please call Dr. Huntoon at 845-561-BACK (2225) to discuss your options or click on our E-Visit to do it via e-mail. 
Thank You for your consideration.

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