Pink Vs Orange Adderall


Is there a difference in the potency of the generic oval orange 30mg and the generic round pink 30 mg?

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Hi Wendy,

When you switch brand names or manufacturers, the drug itself doesn't change, but rather the binders or fillers that they put with it.

Certain "inactive" ingredients (which may or may not be present in each brand) are actually detrimental to how the drug is metabolized and used by your body. So it's possible that you may respond favorably with one medication and not the other (even if they are the same drug and same dosage).

Pink 30mg generic Amphetamine + Dextroamphetamine tablets (imprinted Cor 136) with a National Drug Code of 64720-0136 contain the following inactive ingredients:

- Lactose Monohydrate
- Magnesium Stearate
- Cellulose, Microcrystalline
- Starch, Corn
- D&c Red No. 27

Labeler / Supplier: Core Pharmaceuticals

Orange 30mg generic Amphetamine + Dextroamphetamine tablets (imprinted b 974 3 0) with a National Drug Code of 0555-0974 contain the following inactive ingredients:

- Silicon Dioxide
- Starch, Corn
- Magnesium Stearate
- Cellulose, Microcrystalline
- Saccharin Sodium
- Fd&c Yellow No. 6
- Aluminum Oxide

Labeler / Supplier: Teva Pharmaceuticals USA

b 974 3 0 orange oval tablet

Ref: DailyMed

NOTE: Shire US Inc. also had a round orange 30mg brand name Adderall tablet (imprinted AD 3|0) with a National Drug Code of 54092-0377 (now discontinued); so it's important to verify where your brand or generic Adderall is coming from in order to best compare/contrast any differences.

I hope this info helps! Have you had a chance to take either of them yet?

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I have taken both the oval orange and the round pink 30mg generic adderall's. I prefer the pink ones but i"m having a hard time finding the pink ones, any suggestions on who has the pink ones?

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Who are the manufacturers? What are the markings on the tablets you're asking about?

The colors don't really mean anything, so no one will know what specific ones you're asking about just from stating the colors in your post.

Learn more Adderall details here.

Can you please post back with more details?


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Walgreens supplies pink cvs orange

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Hi Wendy,

I live in Michigan and I have been on 30 mg Adderall for about four years. I've been given the orange one's from almost every main-chain pharmacy (Rite-Aid, Walgreens, CVS) and even the 'mom-n-pop' type pharmacies too... except for today... I picked up my Rx from Kroger and they're bright pink. They look like those chewable Pepto Bismol's. It's 3:00 am here & I'm going to bed soon, so I won't be taking it til later in the morning. This will be the 1st time I'll be trying these, so I guess I'll have to wait and see if they work for me.

Adderall (in Mi at least) is on back-order every 6-8 months for some reason, and sometimes is for up to 3 months at a time -- which is why I've had them filled at so many different places -- & sometimes I have to spend all week calling every pharmacy within a 20 mile radius of my house! I believe most Kroger's have a pharmacy... If you live in a state with this chain then you should call and ask them if they carry them. If not, I know a lot of other grocery stores have pharmacies, but they've all gave me the orange ones. Kroger is the only one I have ever got the pink one's from.

Just out of curiosity... Why is it you prefer the Pink vs the Orange?

Best of luck to you.

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Interesting, I'm trying to find out the same thing. My doctor who is prescribing me this, is telling me to make sure to get the pink ones and not the orange, due to metabolism. Everywhere I have called has the orange (Barr) not the pink (I think Core Pharma). I'm in Albuquerque NM, and supposedly Smith's carries it, but when I called they dont have 30mg.

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Does any one know where I can get my adderall script filled? please help I'm in metro Detroit.

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I am prescribed 20MG twice a day. I prefer the orange over the pink. When I take the orange my energy level goes up, I focus better and it curbs my appetite. I notice none of this when I take the pink. The difference in the two are the manufacturers.

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I have a problem with the Orange 30mg Adderall. It is very chalky and dissolves in my mouth half way before I swallow it. It also does not work as well. It sometimes makes me irritable.

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See a dr, get ur monthly supply legally and cheaper. Surprisingly enough, Drs will prescribe adderall without you being ADHD or what ever. You just have to meet with them.

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I am having the same problem. I can not find the Pink 30mg Adderall anywhere either. I tried the orange one and it seems to start melting on my tongue as soon as I put it in my mouth. I have searched high and low. I finally asked my Doctor if he would prescribe me the Adderall XR 30mg. I am trying that for now. I really like the Pink 30 mg the best. I think this is insane that we are no longer able to obtain this med. Nancy

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I have recently switched to the 30mg pink adderall. It does not work as well as the 30mg orange ones before. I know the difference is the manufacturers, but what makes the difference in the fillers used to where I have no energy? I can't concentrate....this makes no sense if it is supposedly the same medication essentially. If someone has insight on why-please explain.

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Always different reasons for preferring orange contra pink... New one got last go round was white M 20s (the M being the same M om those generic morphine sulfates)... just said Amphetamine/Dextroamphetamine 20 MG TAB MAL...

Tell ya guys what... I way prefer that generic brand.

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The fillers effect how your body and at what rate your body metabolizes the four different types of amphetamine salts found in Addy. When I first got the pink ones I thought my local pharmacy had f***ed it up again and just given me generic Dexedrine... which is just dextroamphetamine sulfate... I could not take that one for my ADHD... this may seem like an impossibility... as it once did to me. Always make sure you read the info with rx.

Now you may also have simply built up a tolerance to your current dosages... discuss it with your doc next visit... may need to alternate medications... Focalin IR is a good one in my past, still helped my adhd but also allowed my amphetamine tolerance to decrease back down to my normal dose.

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to be honest sometimes I wonder about the difference as I have have noticed a vast difference in addy 20s pink to orange to white... the white ones i just found out about and for whatever reason, not only do they work better for me but I never feel jittery as I would most often on the pink ones... just focused, happy, and winning. Still I think these companies should have to share filler information with general public. I was trying to research this the other day and the company that made the new white ones had where you had to prove you were a doc to see what non-medical ingredients are in my own damned medicine... was more than angry at that. lol

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Shopko has pink one that dont taste sweet

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I was getting the 30mg Orange Adderalls for the past 2 years, and now all of a sudden my pharmacy has only been getting the pink ones, but the pink ones seem to give me really bad anxiety! Can anyone tell me y this is happening? ???

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You realize people all over the country

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My son is on it he has taken both for his ADHD and we cannot tell the difference between them

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King B: Where are you purchasing the white adderall? Do you live in the states? Ive taken the orange and pink and use Kroger Pharmacy and usually they give pink ones but they are back to orange again. I used to take Dexedrine which are quite stronger than Adderall, thinking about going back on those because there is so much controversary over the Adderall.

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Re: cmurder (# 25) Expand Referenced Message

My own doctor doesn’t agree with you.

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Re: David (# 1) Expand Referenced Message

You were right except that the potency can also be different. Generic medications are legally allowed to be up to 20% different in strength from the name brand, either stronger or weaker. So if the orange ones are 20% stronger than name brand and the pink ones are 20% weaker that’s a huge difference in efficacy between the two.

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Re: DrMerritt (# 164) Expand Referenced Message

Wow, I believe you. I have been in on Adds for only about 3 years. I take a total of 30 mg a day (which I see in comparison to some it’s not that much, not judging at all. I just thought I was in a high dosage) and have only had it filled at Walgreens. I get 30/30s oval orange (Footballs), split 1 in half in am one in early pm, literally changed my life. As an African American Male, mental health and the idea of something being wrong and needing to seek medical attention for that mental health issue, well that’s not something highly talked about. However since I have took steps to improve my wellbeing I have only taken the “Footballs” unfortunately, for the month of November, I was given some Pink E 345 which I was told were the exact same… THEY ARE NOT. I don’t feel them working which makes, not function at my best and what’s more I actually do worse because, I kill time completing mundane task, which I usually do as I am waiting for my usual peep. Disappointingly I’m just not motivated to move past those time wasters, because my peep up feeling never comes and the desire to do what I know I need to do, it never arrives. It really sucks and unless it’s something another person has experience with, it’s really hard to explain how you feel and you come off as a lazy ass. So thank you for taking the time to explain, I not only fully agree but I can affirm that what you said is correct and I will be going back to Walgreens immediately.

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Re: David (# 1) Expand Referenced Message

100% correct.
As a Master Chemist I can answer this.
It is that you are experiencing a sensitivity (which is more common than not) to the fillers aka binding ingredients.
It’s expected that absorption is the same among all people which is simply not the case.
It’s just a matter of which one works best for you.

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Re: HCStymie (# 181) Expand Referenced Message

This site also has a couple of lists with pictures in case anyone wants to compare.



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People keep describing the meds by shape and color. But, different brands have the same shape and color. And color can be different within the same brand depending on strength.

Drug lookup tool. Can identify almost any pill. The Labeler / Supplier might not agree with the label. For example, Brand NorthStar has 2 formularies. One is made by Aurobindo, the other sun pharma. (Not sure if it still sells the one made by Sun, but have seen the Aurobindo one). They come up as Sun or Aurolife (American subsidiary of Aurobindo) in the lookup. has a list of 245 pill images for generic Adderall, most with a picture.

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Re: Jenn (# 4) Expand Referenced Message

My Walgreens is orange and Safeway is pink and cvs is a different orange.

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Re: Rachael (# 5) Expand Referenced Message

Been there bro find a mom n pop n tell them you will be loyal n they will have them for you every month I'm in NYC once i went to mom n pop consistent for years they have my Addy's before them i was on phone w CVS in 2 Boroughs

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Re: waiting (# 12) Expand Referenced Message

For one If you aren't getting enough sleep the medication want work. Its best to meditate, clear your mind & Aura. Doctors recommend that people on ADHD medications take a daily vitamin pack. Love yourself, eat a well balanced diet and stay hydrated. ??

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Brother swears pink oval 30 much better then orange round 30. I have had both and did actually feel and notice a metabolic difference. For me the ovals gave more energy and did a better job of curbing appetite. Locally here we are able to get the pink oval at Walgreens and my brother thinks CVS also. FHCP pharmacy, Grocery Pharmacy & smaller pharmacies is where we have gotten the round orange. Hope that helps, as of February 2022 I am still able to get the pink oval so they are still made.

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