Research shows that amphetamine salts meant to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder—sold under the brand names Adderall and Adderall XR—might cause fatal heart-related side effects.
What Is Adderall? When Is It Prescribed?
Adderall is a brand name for drugs derived from amphetamine salts. Although its instant release form is available as a generic through Teva Pharmaceuticals, in October 2001 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted the Irish pharmaceutical company Shire plc a patent for an extended release version of Adderall, which comes in the form of oral tablets taken once daily. Adderall XR is commonly used, and in 2010 U.S. pharmacies filled 3.6 million Adderall prescriptions, which sold for a total of $837.4 million. The price declined rapidly that year because Adderall XR became generically available in 2009. Nevertheless, in 2010, the generic form of Adderall XR was the seventh most frequently prescribed drug in the United States.
Scientists believe that the amphetamine salts composing Adderall are “monoamine reuptake inhibitors,” which means that they prevent the absorption of released neurotransmitters. Specifically, Adderall belongs to the norepinephrine-dopamine reuptake inhibitor (NDRI) drug class. Both norepinephrine and dopamine regulate stress levels in the human brain, and a shortage of dopamine inhibits cognition. By increasing their presence, Adderall eases ADHD symptoms.
On May 30, 2012, the FDA issued an alert warning the public that unscrupulous businesses were selling 30 mg Adderall tablets on the Internet. These tablets are counterfeits containing the wrong ingredients. Adderall is made up of amphetamine salts, but these fake tablets contain tramadol and acetaminophen, which are both painkillers.
Adderall Might Cause Deadly Cardiac Side Effects
In 2005, Health Canada, that country’s public health department, suspended Adderall sales due to adverse event reports to the FDA that 12 children died of sudden cardiac death. The FDA did not order an Adderall recall but instead investigated the cases. In December 2011, the FDA concluded its investigation; it had failed to find an association between Adderall and sudden cardiac death. Nevertheless, the Adderall drug label contains a black box warning about potential cardiovascular side effects and sudden death. Specifically, Adderall might cause the following:
- Sudden death in children and adolescents with structural cardiac abnormalities
- Strokes, myocardial infarction, and sudden death in adults
- Increased blood pressure and heart rate
RLG’s Lawyers Will Make Things Easier
The process of demanding compensation for the harm you’ve suffered can be complicated, even if it doesn’t seem fair that you should have to go through even more trouble to be made whole again. The lawyers of the Rottenstein Law Group believe that obtaining legal satisfaction from those who harmed you shouldn’t require more hardship. That’s why we do everything we can to streamline the process, and we will file an Adderall lawsuit on your behalf if necessary.
If you have taken Adderall and believe it harmed you, contact RLG today.