Adderall and Adderall XR
Adderall and Adderall XR are used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Both are considered a first-choice treatment option for ADHD. In addition to treating ADHD,
Adderall is also used to treat narcolepsy.
Adderall XR is the extended-release version of Adderall, which means it dissolves slowly, and
the active ingredients are released in the body throughout the day. Adderall XR is taken only
once a day, while Adderall may need to be taken multiple times a day.
Both Adderall and Adderall XR come in affordable generic versions. The generic for Adderall is
amphetamine salt combo and the generic for Adderall XR is amphetamine salt combo XR.
Both of these medications contain amphetamine and dextroamphetamine and are classified as
schedule II controlled substances, which means they have a high potential to cause dependence
and refills are not allowed. You will need to get a new prescription from your doctor if you finish
the amount you have and need more.
Different forms and Dosages
Adderall and Adderall XR come in different doses. They dissolve in the body at different
speeds, therefore, they are prescribed differently.
Both Adderall and Adderall XR come in the following strengths:
Adderall: 5 mg, 7.5 mg, 10 mg, 12.5 mg, 15 mg, 20 mg, 30 mg tablets
Adderall XR: 5 mg, 10 mg, 15 mg, 20 mg, 25 mg, 30 mg capsules Dosing
Adderall: Adderall tablets are usually taken two to three times a day.
The first dose is usually taken when you first wake up in the morning, and any subsequent doses must be taken four to six hours apart.
Adderall XR: Adderall XR capsules should be taken only once-daily in the morning, as
it can cause sleeplessness if taken later in the day. The capsules may be taken the whole,
or you can open them and sprinkle the contents on applesauce, which should then be
Both Adderall and Adderall XR can be taken with or without food.
Typical starting doses
Adderall: Starting doses will vary, but doctors typically start adults and children at 5 mg once or twice daily.
Adderall XR: Starting doses will vary, but doctors typically start adults at 20 mg once daily, and children at 10 mg once daily.
Maximum recommended daily doses
Adderall: Maximum daily dose is 40 mg/day for adults, and 30 mg/day for children.
Adderall XR: Maximum daily dose is 40 mg/day for adults, and 30 mg/day for children.