The Best Way to Take Adderall

Taking Adderall at the right time consistently can help mitigate its side effects.
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Choosing the best time to take Adderall is critical. According to, 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, 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.

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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 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.

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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Is this an emergency? If you are experiencing serious medical symptoms, please see the National Library of Medicine’s list of signs you need emergency medical attention or call 911.

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