Fake Adderall Pills: ADHD Medication FDA Warning
As if living successfully with Adult ADHD isn’t challenging enough, now we need to worry about fake Adderall pills.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning to consumers that a counterfeit version of Adderall is being sold over the Internet.
With the national Adderall shortage, some folks diagnosed with Attention Deficit have resorted to buying their ADHD medication online. Adderall has been hard to get in some areas for a number of months because of shortages of the active ingredients.
You can read more about the shortage in an ADD Success Blog I posted last January, Managing the ADHD Medication Shortage.
The FDA says the counterfeit pills professing to be 30-milligram Adderall tablets contain the wrong ingredients: the pain drugs tramadol and acetaminophen (Tylenol). Tramadol is not a controlled substance so it’s easily obtained.
How to Make Sure You Don’t Have Fake Adderall Pills
Genuine Adderall Tablets:
- Are an orange/peach color
- Have the letters “dp” printed on one side and the number “30” on the other side.
- Are manufactured by Teva Pharmaceuticals.
Fake Adderall Pills:
- Are white, round and smooth
- Have no markings such as letters or numbers.
- Come in a blister package
- Have words misspelled on the package
Here’s the link to the FDA web site. You’ll find photos of the fake Adderall on this page, too.
If you suspect you’ve purchased the fake Adderall pills file a report online at the FDA’s MedWatch site or call 1-800-332-1088 to request a reporting form.
Situations like this really get me steaming. The media is full of so much negative information about ADHD medications as it is. And now we have fake Adderall to deal with.
Not all my ADHD coaching clients choose to take ADHD medication. And, the meds don’t work 100% for those who do. However, many children and adults with Attention Deficit need the medication in order to be able to be organized, and on time and live at a basic functioning level with ADHD.
Oops! There I go. Let me get off my soap box and get back to work. I simply wanted to let you know to be on the lookout for fake Adderall pills if you do get your medication online.