Adderall and Ritalin are prescription stimulants used to treat both Attention Deficit Disorder and Hyperactivity Disorder, the majority of which are found in children.
Adderal is a pharmaceutical stimulant amphetamine that contains a combination of dextroamphetamine and recemic salts amphetamine salts. The potential risk of addiction to Adderall is present as a result of the drugs classification as an amphetamine. Along with this possible danger, other side effects of Adderall include:
- Increase in Heart Rate
- High Blood Pressure
- Tourettes syndrome has proven to be a rare side-effect.
In addition these side-effects, many fatal and non-fatal incidents involving heart attacks and strokes have been connected to the use of Adderall. Other injuries have led to lawsuits filed against Shire Pharmaceuticals, the makers of Adderall, claiming that the company was negligent in marketing the potentially dangerous drug.
Like Adderall, Ritalin has shown to carry the potential of dependency. Studies have also shown that Ritalin has had similar effects on brain development to those of long-term cocaine use followed by withdrawal symptoms after discontinuation.
Ritalin is a prescription stimulant containing dextro-methylphenidate and is the most common medication used to treat ADHD throughout the world. Although the drug is a stimulant, it is believed to create a calming effect on children suffering from ADHD. Ritalin was approved by the FDA in 1980 but has more recently caused concern due to side-effects leading to heart attacks, strokes and increased blood pressure.
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