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The Best Way to Take Adderall

author image Tammy Dray
Tammy Dray has been writing since 1996. She specializes in health, wellness and travel topics and has credits in various publications including Woman's Day, Marie Claire, Adirondack Life and Self. She is also a seasoned independent traveler and a certified personal trainer and nutrition consultant. Dray is pursuing a criminal justice degree at Penn Foster College.
The Best Way to Take Adderall
Choosing when to take Aderall can minimize its side effects. Photo Credit Jeffrey Coolidge/Photodisc/Getty Images

Choosing the best time to take Adderall is critical. According to Drugs.com, Adderall can cause a number of side effects, including restlessness, dizziness, diarrhea, insomnia and sometimes uneven heartbeats and hallucinations Taking the medication at the right time and as indicated by your doctor will reduce the risk of experiencing side effects. Always talk to your doctor about the correct dosage and about any specific recommendations he might have about taking the drug.

Step 1

Take Adderall in the morning, before breakfast. According to medical site AskDrJones.com, Adderall is best absorbed when there's no food in the stomach. Food can slow down the effects of the drug and delay your improvement.

Step 2

Take the medication with water. Avoid juice, sodas or caffeine, as they can interfere with absorption and increase elimination of the drug through urine.

Step 3

Take the larger dose in the morning if you have to take Adderall twice a day. Take the second pill at least six hours later, as recommended by AskDr.Jones.com. You can experiment with different times and wait up to nine hours to take the second dosage, depending on how your body reacts to the drug and whether you experience side effects.

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Step 4

Write down any side effects you experience when taking the medication. This will allow you to change the way you take Adderall to make sure it fits you better. For example, if you experience over-stimulation or insomnia, you might need to take the pill earlier in the day. If you're appetite has decreased, your doctor can help you decide on what foods to eat so you don't lose weight.

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