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Review: could Adderall cause Sudden death?

Summary: Sudden death could be caused by Adderall, especially for people who are male, 10-19 old, have been taking the drug for 1 - 2 years, also take Adderall 10, and have Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder.

We study 10,815 people who have side effects while taking Adderall from FDA and social media. Among them, 77 have Sudden death. Find out below who they are, when they have Sudden death and more.

On Apr, 11, 2014: 10,566 people reported to have side effects when taking Adderall. Among them, 77 people (0.73%) have Sudden Death. They amount to 0.01% of all the 532,147 people who have Sudden Death on eHealthMe.

Trend of Sudden death in Adderall reports

Time on Adderall when people have Sudden death * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Sudden death4.35%26.09%0.00%47.83%13.04%8.70%0.00%

Gender of people who have Sudden death when taking Adderall * :

FemaleMale
Sudden death24.72%75.28%

Age of people who have Sudden death when taking Adderall * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Sudden death0.00%0.00%35.71%20.00%22.86%8.57%7.14%5.71%

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (43 people, 55.84%)
  2. Aggression (13 people, 16.88%)
  3. Bipolar disorder (9 people, 11.69%)
  4. Insomnia (8 people, 10.39%)
  5. Oppositional defiant disorder (8 people, 10.39%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Adderall 10 (58 people, 75.32%)
  2. Risperdal (29 people, 37.66%)
  3. Seroquel (29 people, 37.66%)
  4. Effexor (22 people, 28.57%)
  5. Prozac (20 people, 25.97%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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  • * Didn't start gaining weight until aftwer taking geodon for 2 yearas, however after 6 years on geodon I drastically lowered my dose without ANY weight loss. Also, the apetite lowering effects of the adderall and vyvanse have completely dissapeared after taking them for 2 years at very high doses (prescribed). Also, the Adderall XR lost a sgnificant part of its effectiveness after 7 years. The plus side to that is that it no longer causes nervousness/anxiety as a side effect. I am most concerned with my chest pain. Only noticed it this past year. Year 7 of Geodon and adderal. Seems worse if I take imediate release adderal. because the IR adderal often also causes my stomach pain I'm not sure if the pain is coming fronm my heart, lung or if it is acid reflux? But it is VERY WORRISOME!!

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