Extremely. All of the psychostimulants (ritalin, adderall, (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) concerta, focalin) can be extremely effective in the treatment of add / adhd in children (and adults). My first line of treatment, however, is to make sure that the child with add is eating a balanced diet (and doesn't have any food sensitivities), is getting good exercise, and is in psychotherapy (if there are also psychological stressors).
Possibly. Stimulant doses vary widely. Some respond to small doses; others need larger doses. Usually, inattentive symptoms such as poor focus or high distractability are relatively sensitive to stimulants and may respond to quite low doses, whereas hyperactivity and impulsivity often require higher doses. However, there is enormous individual variability, so each person has to find the dose that works.
What happens if my friend takes 25 mg of Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) for the first time without add?
Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) I hope your friend doesn't do this. Your friend may develop rapid or pounding heart rate, loss of appetite, insomnia, stomach ache or nausea, shakiness etc.
Should I be concerned if my nephew has add. Dr has tryed different meds nothing has really worked. He is now on adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine).?
Child psychiatrist? I don't know what kind of evaluation your nephew has had, or what specialty of physician he's been working with. Sometimes adhd can be difficult to manage, but diagnosis has to be correct from the start. Also if there are other issues not being addressed, improvement may not be impressive. Sounds like it's time for a consultation with a child psychiatrist if he's not had this.
Stimulant>Nonstim. In general, for adhd, stimulant treatment has been shown to have greater efficacy and work faster than nonstimulants. Nonstimulants are helpful, but take 4-6 weeks to kick in. Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) is one type of stimulant medication, but there are many others. One would favor nonstimulant treatment if there is sensitivity to stimulants, tics, history of stimulant abuse (cocaine/methamphetamine), etc.
ADD. Stimulants are the gold standard for add treatment. Some of the non stimulants may work as well for some people, but none are better.
Do you think I should take Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) if I don't have add/adhd?
No. If you do not have a proper medical indication for taking this medication, it should not be prescribed or taken. If it is not your prescription medication, be aware that as a schedule 2 drug, possession and use of this drug is illegal and places you at risk of significant legal problems and jail time.
No. Effects can be harmful. Getting it without prescription would be illegal.
What happens if you take Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) for add/adhd? How would that make you feel?
Depends. If you have add/ adhd you will likely focus better, be less distractable and feel calmer. If you take it and don't have add/adhd you could develop rapid heart rate, nausea, insomnia, lack of appetite, increased sweating etc.
You may be able to. Tell when a stimulant starts working each day, be more focused while it's working & feel tired or grouchy when it wears off each PM. Kids may have "rebound" symptoms of ADHD as it wears off. Therefore, it's important to know the onset, peak & duration of action of the stimulant you take. Adding a non-stimulant may make daily changes less noticeable. Discuss your response with your doctor regularly.