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Adderall Side Effects: "Not Something You Expect for a Young Person"

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Peakin, ILWhen patients take medication, side effects they usually watch out for include nausea, vomiting and fatigue, but Adderall side effects may include a risk of Adderall stroke—a serious, life-changing side effect. Chris P. (real name withheld) says his son recently suffered a stroke, which may have been an effect of Adderall.

"Steven is our 33-year-old son," Chris says. "He had been taking Adderall [for ADHD] for years. He missed a dose—or he thought he did—so he doubled up on it. After that, he started having blurry vision, flu-like symptoms and achy joints. Steven got himself to a health center in Colorado, where he immediately had a seizure. They rushed him to the hospital in an ambulance. At the hospital, he had a stroke and another seizure. He spent two months in the hospital, in the intensive care, neurotrauma unit. We just got him back to Illinois where he is presently living in a nursing home.

"The stroke happened in February of this year. Steven had to have brain surgery while he was in the hospital. Doctors had to open up the back of his head and take out 20 percent of his cerebellum and part of his upper vertebrae in order to save his life because there was so much swelling.

"He's able to talk, but with 20 percent of his back and brain gone, Steven will have issues for the rest of his life. His left side, his memory and his balance are all affected. His eyesight and hearing are affected, too. He drools when he tries to speak. He went from a vibrant, active young man to someone that is 100 percent dependent on someone else to take care of him. He has a college degree that's totally useless now. He won't be able to work. He's walking with a walker, but he's very unstable. He's disabled and in a nursing home.

"At that age—it's just not something you expect to see for someone so young.

"Every other possible cause for the stroke has been ruled out. They can't find any cause for it, other than that he was on Adderall and it has a risk of potential strokes. He felt sick just a few days after taking the extra dose.

"If people are considering taking Adderall for a medical problem, they should consider all the risks and warnings about what can happen. This is not something you expect for a young person."

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I feel your pain Carolynn Crupi I have a soon to be 13 yr old who now has seizures due to Adderal . He was given it for supposed ADHD by a neurologist. About a mnth later my son started having seizures . Origin unknown. He now also has other issues due to the use of Adderal. I Live in Florida to. My son has now been on seizure meds as of April it will be a yr free of seizures. But he now has to take them for life. I would Love to talk and here from you . My email address is . Ditollar@aol.com. wishing U and your son the best.

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This medication for ADD or ADHD has now given my son who is now 23 has seizures for life - atopical I think they are called - he does not have insurance and the meds are expensive. He has MRI's and so much more and at first they said it was anxiety - until he started college and he had a grandmal seizure and the doctor in Florida told him what he really had and told him if you read the side effects it says can cause this - but it does not say for their life time

Thank God for the meds - so far so good - but the doctor and the meds cost a lot money long term, what about the college kids who do not had medical, I am a single Mom and my company does not cover him

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