M Amphet Salts 20 Mg Vs Adderall Xr 20 Mg

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Adderall xr 20 mg and M. Amphet Salts 20 mg. Are these the exact same medications? Are they both manufactured my Shire? Does Shire provide Teva/Barr with the generic version of Adderall xr under the name M. Amphet Salts 20mg? Thank you....

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Verwon Says:
In order to tell you the manufacturer, you need to provide the markings or imprints on the capsules in question.

I do, however, doubt this is the case, because TEVA manufacturer's their own generic medications.

Both items that you described are the same medication, the only different you listed was one being controlled release, I do not know if the other one is controlled release or not, from what you provided.

There are many companies that make generic medications.

Can you please post back with the imprint? I will gladly check to see who makes it for you.


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ac Says:
Thank you for your reply. The markings are, M. Amphet Salts 20 mg The capsule is orange. Other than the above imprint it looks exactly like the Adderall Xr capsule manufactured by Shire. Thank you again for your input.

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Melanie Says:
I have been taking name brand Adderall XR for over 3 years. Finally being diagnosed with ADHD at age 31 was huge relief! And being able to control most of my symptomatic behaviors by taking Adderall XR has been a very positive experience for me.

Last week, when I filled my prescription for DAW (dispense as written) name brand Adderall XR, the pharmacist showed me that all the pills in the name brand bottle were all imprinted with M. Amphet. Salts - just like the generic. She even opened a new bottle of the name brand capsules to show me that Walgreens wasn't trying to screw me over.

I called Shire and they said that the FDA approved Shire imprinting the name brand capsules with either ADERALL XR or M. Amphet. Salts and that as long as my prescription came from a name brand bottle that said Shire that I was taking the same name brand drug I've been taking all along.

I HIGHLY doubt what I've been taking for the past few days is regular name brand Aderall XR. I have been experiencing headaches, tight/clenched upper back muscles, tingling/numbness in my face and pressure behind my eyes. My ADHD symptoms are not well-controlled and I also feel like I'm on something - I never felt like I was on something when I took name brand Adderall XR before!

I called Shire again and again they told me that as long as my prescription came from a bottle that said Shire that I was taking the same name brand drug.

Today I called the FDA and the representative said that Shire DOES NOT have permission to imprint the name brand Adderall XR with M. Amphet. Salts. The FDA rep said that name brand Adderall XR must be imprinted with the text ADDERALL XR.

I also told the rep that I had been experiencing side-effects after taking the generic imprint name brand and that those side effects were similar to those I experienced when taking the actual generic.

The rep said that the best thing to do is file a report online: https:/­/­www.accessdata.fda.gov/­scripts/­medwatch/­medwatch-online.htm

The rep also said that sometimes it only takes one report of mislabeling or side effects to warrant an investigation, but if multiple people file similar reports it will make a bigger impact.

If you have purchased name-brand Adderall XR that was labeled M. Amphet. Salts, whether or not you have experienced side-effects, please file an online report. It takes just a few minutes.

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Cathy Says:
Melanie thank you for writing and for following up with the FDA. My daughter had headaches taking the M. Amphet from Shire too. I spoke to Shire and they told me that the Adderall XR 20mg and the M. Amphet 20 mg. capsules were exactly the same. They said that some are marked Adderall and some are market M. Amphet. I kept telling them that it did not make sense to me. Why would my daughter have headaches when taking the M. Amphet and she would not have any headaches when taking the Adderall XR. They kept insisting that they were the same. I kept disagreeing. They asked if I wanted to file a complaint and I told them definately. Which I did. I had her doctor write out another presctiption and had it filled at Walgreens. My daughter is now taking the brand name Adderall XR 20mg and she has not had an headache since she started. I agree with you that there is definately a difference with these two capsules. Thank you for giving the website for the FDA. I just finished filing a report. Something is not right here. In my search tonight I read the Shire is losing their license for manufacturing the Adderall XR and that is why they are now marking the capsules as M. Amphet Salts. This makes more sense to me, than what Shire was telling me. If there is anyone else having a problem with the M. Amphet Salts I urge you to file a report with the FDA and to call Shire to file a complaint.

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wsh4wngs Says:
I an SO glad that I came upon this site! I had mny many problems when taking the generic form of Adderall XR ~ migraines, irritability, moodiness, nausea, foggy head and numbness in my face and extremities. My old Dr refused to listen to my complaints and always told me that the generics were the same as the brand name. To be honest, at the time, I had never tried the brand name and didn't even think this could be the issue at hand; I simply thought I was on the wrong meds. I found a new Dr who is amazing, and takes the time to listen and talk with me every visit. He suggested from the start that I try the brand name to see if there was a difference for me as many of his other patients noticed. It was a life changing decision for me and my negative symptoms disappeared as well as my issues with ADD. Just this past month, I went to pick up my prescription at Walgreens and my pharmacist (who I adore and who knows and validates my issues with the generic) made a point of showing me the generic imprinted capsules coming from the brand name Adderall XR bottles. She was very confused and said she's never seen anything like it before. As soon as she opened the first bottle like this earlier in the month she said she thought of me and if I would have a bad reaction. She wondered aloud if perhaps Shire was trying to pull a fast one and save money by being able to dole out the generic while pretending it's the brand name. She suggested I call Shire and log a formal complaint as well as the FDA. As soon as I started taking them, I could tell it was not the same med as before. I go to see my Dr this week to talk about the possibility of switching meds. This is devastating for me ~ finding a med that worked and allowed me to lead a productive lifestyle was a Godsend. My self confidence improved dramatically ~ all these years I just always thought I was stupid or lazy. Now what will I do? Going through months and months of trialing new meds until I hopefully find another that works is going to be pure hell. Why would Shire do such a thing? Do they honestly think it will go unnoticed by those of us who take it and by those who dispense it? And if the above post is correct in that Shire doesn't have permission to be imprinting both labels on the brand name then how do they think they will get away with it without being held accountable legally? I'm going to call Shire as soon as I log off of here and then the FDA is next on my list so that I can file a formal report. Following that I think the news media needs to be contacted. Who knows, although Adderall users have gotten a bad rep as junkies and abusers, there are those of us who rely on this med daily and use it responsibly; think about if you altered a schizophrenics meds without telling them, maybe the media will at least care about the corruption and scandal involved? I say it's worth a try and i'm so irritated I'm going to do whatever I can to bring this to light. I wonder how many Adderall users are experiencing horrible issues because of this currently and just attributing it to their own lacking. This is more than just a shame, this is unforgivable....and all because some already rich jerk wanted to make an extra penny.

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collette Says:
I also have migraines when on the generic, I went back to the pharmacy and demanded the money back on the difference with the brand vs generic. The pharmacist called the distributor, and said exactly what you mentioned above, they are the same, however thank you to whoever posted the link to the FDA I filed a report! Has anyone taken the non-XR version? I may have the doctor prescribe that if it is not generic?

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wsh4wngs Says:
Unfortunately I have only taken the generic form of the IR that Barr makes. I had an immediate reaction that produced pressure behind my eyes and then a an awful rash on my hands, feet, knees and face. (I took the blue 10mg dose) I have taken that same dose, from Barr before (maybe a year ago) and had no problems. This time however, my body reacted in a completely different way. My knuckles also swelled and then cracked open. It was awful. Whatever Barr has done to change their formula, it is very very bad.

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Concerned Says:
I have had wonderful success with Adderall XR for the last 5 years. My doctor has been writing Brand Name Medically Necessary because a few months ago they gave me a generic. I got serve heart palpitations, nervousness, I felt like my ADD symptoms were not controlled from the generic. I went to get my prescription filled a few days ago, and the last few days I haven’t been feeling like myself. I feel serve heart palpitations, nervousness, headaches, feel like I am going to have a panic attack, and my attention isn’t normal. I thought maybe I was just tired. However, after a few days of feeling like crap…this morning when I taking my ADDERALL XR 20mg pills I noticed it said M. Amphet Salts 20mg. I feel like crap and told the pharmacy that I am on Brand Name Medically Necessary for a reason. They told me I got the BRAND NAME of ADDERALL XR! I know I am not taking the same thing. Did the manufacture stop making Adderall XR? I have been on regular Adderall but the XR works so much better for me. I am very concerned..what is everyone doing in the meantime?

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Cathy Says:
I have checked with different pharmacies and have found that the Walgreens by us carries the capsules that state AdderallXR on them. It is costing me more but worth it. In the meantime, I have contacted the FDA, Shire by phone and today sent an e-mail to both medinfoglobal@shire.com and CustomerService@shire.com. I have alerted them to this website. I encourage anyone with these problems to contact the same. I also sent an e-mail to the board of directors. The website is http:/­/­www.shire.com/­shireplc/­en/­about/­directors. To send them an e-mail use the first initial of their first name and their whole last name @shire.com, (MEmmens@Shire.com). Please do what you can do to help stop Shire from using M.Amphet Salts as brand name. Thank you

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Sharon Says:
I have been taking Adderall XR for 10 years at the same dose. It was a Godsend for me and three of my four sons. I'm 45 years old and have struggled with chronic iron deficiency for a few years as well. I accepted the generic when it was released by Barr Pharmaceuticals although it wasn't as good but I had no specific complaint to justify demanding the brand name. In January and February, my pharmacy filled my prescription with brand name. I remember thinking how I was finally starting to feel better but relating it to diligence with my iron supplements then about a month ago I started feeling worse than before and it wasn't until this past weekend that I figured it out. My last prescription was filled with a generic made by Global Pharmaceuticals. It seems to make my ADD symptoms worse along with a tighened feeling around my chest and back about an hour after I have taken it. I've had mild headaches which I never have. I've also had sores that are similar to chicken pox on my face, neck and scalp. My physician wrote me a new prescription so that the brand name is dispensed and I picked them up this afternoon. My insurance even covered the cost when they were told that I was having problems with this new generic. I'll post again after I've taken the pills marked Adderall XR for a few days. My son hasn't noticed any physical symptoms but it doesn't seem that this generic is controlling his ADD symptoms either.

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Sharon Says:
I just wanted to add that the generic made by Global is marked M. Amphet Salts. When I had Shire's pills for the two months I wasn't paying attention to how the pills were marked but when looking back in my journal it seems that I was having some good days and some bad. The pharmacist said that he has also seen pills marked in both ways coming out of a Shire bottle.

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Concerned Says:
My Pharmacist said I got the brand name from Shire even though it is marked M. Amphet Salts on the pills and my bottle of pills says ADDERALL XR. They would not take my pills back and now I am stuck for a month. I swear the pills are not the same and the pharmacist made me feel like I was crazy. I am so happy I can accross this site. Next month, I am going to go to Walgreens and report this to the FDA.

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Casey P. Says:
I had this happen to me too. My Adderall XR was mixed with M. Amphet Salts. What I did do, was go to the pharmacist and DEMAND that they only put Adderall XR pills in, and it worked for me.

However, if Shire does stop making adderall XR (or stop making it like it used to be), I am going to be pissed because these off brand manufacturers don't do it right. I feel like poop when I take the off brand.

The first time when I was talking off brand only it gave me sleep apnea, tension headaches, stuff neck and upper back, and pulsative tinnitus (in other words, I could hear my blood flow behind my ear). I felt terrible all the time, really.

It was once I started feeling these symptoms again (on a smaller scale) that I noticed my adderall xr was being swapped with generics.

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Cathy Says:
I just want to let everyone know that last week I received a call from David Baker, VP of the ADHD Division at Shire. He told me that in January Shire stopped producing the M.Amphet Salts and is only producing AdderallXR. David insisted that the M.Amphet Salts and AdderalXR were exactly the same down to the ink they used onthe capsules. I still find this hard to believe. He said that Shire decided to produce only the AdderallXR because of the confusion the 2 names were causing. I know for a fact that my daughter had a reaction to theM.Amphet Salts, and I totally think that there was a difference between these 2 capsules. The most important thing is that Shire STOPPPED producing the M.Amphet Salts. It was suggested to me, by the mail-in prescription company I use, that when your doctor writes a prescription for the AdderallXR, have the doctor also write...Dispense capsules with markings of AdderallXR ONLY.

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AC Says:
Just a thought. Has anyone considered having Adderall XR and M. Amphet. Salts evaluated by a certified lab for the exact ingredients? However, a friend of mine said that even if the ingredients are the same the process in which the medication is produced may alter the effectiveness. Thank you.

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Sharon Says:
I'm back to give a little update. Being back on brand name Adderall XR (capsules imprinted with Adderall XR) has been wonderful and I feel so much better. This situation has opened my eyes to the differences between brand name and generic versions of prescriptions and I will be much more cautious from now on. I hope that Shire will continue manufacturing the original formula.

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alexxx Says:
Thanx for the tip Cathy, re : having write your doc. Dispense capslues w Adderall Xr markings only, I asked my doc to do this. Yet having a hard time finding a pharmacy that will actually do this. the ADDitude, I have gotten.... unreal!! The first time, I went to the pharmacy that I usually fill me script (CVS) when I realized half way throughoout the month that half my pills were different. I told him that they might have made a mistake (being VERY polite) and given me half of the Generic. He then open up 2 bottles in front of me, both shire. One had only adderall XR the other only mix amph salt imprints. He said: I'll swap them out for you this time, but next time if you feek brand, I will have to filled it once I open the bottle. I kept quiet, whats the point of arguing, but A: You can fill it all u want, I just wont pick it up and get a new script if you wont give it back to me. B: Also, you should be apologizeing AND have an explanation. The only logical one I have that Shire gave up on Adderall all together, and sold whatever they had in stock to BARR, told them, yeah go ahead, use our bottles, make that $$ Corupt pisses of S***!!!! BOTH of them. Same thing happend to the IR. Anyone remember filling brand, and gettting the dp on the back (looks like a % sign), this was about month ago, which used to have the AD. Well, i spoke to severall docs. and patients, most of them havent realized a change in the imprint, but on how they felt. So we are not talking placebo effect here!!! Barr changed the mixture, made it cheaper, I am sure...kept the same price. So know BARR offers a Generic AND a BRAND, does that make any sense to anyone. ILLEGAL???

Ok PLEASE excuse my TERRIBLE comparisson, but the same happend to Patron and Grey Goose (I work in the Liquor industry), used to great had great rep Paul Mitchell Bought Patron, now its s**t (its booze most peeps dont notice, but if you put milk in it vs another similar priced tequila, the difference in how the milk settles is amazing, proving the now high accidity of Patron). Again PLEASE excuse this stupid comparisson, I was just making a point. Thanx to everyone on this board for amazing detailed info. I will call Shire and the FDA tomorow.

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Christina W Says:
I was prescribed Adderall XR a few months ago but was given the generic. My doc insisted the pharm. provide me the name brand as he does not think generics are equal to any name brand medication. I will start the name brand tomorrow. In the meantime, what interests me about these posts is many of you are mentioning Walgreens as your pharmacy. I find it interesting so many of you are using the same company and are getting generics out of name brand bottles...

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Cathy Says:
I never had a problem with Walgreens, they always dispensed it as AdderallXR. My mail in at Express Scripts was the one giving me problems. This last time the doctor did write dispense as written on the RX, took 3 weeks for Express Scripts to get the AdderallXR to me, but they sent it correctly. I imagine they had to go back to the distributor to get the AdderallXR from them instead of using the M.Amphet Salts like they did in the past.

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Cory Says:
I've been taking Adderall XR for 4 years . This story relates to the past 4 months.
The first 2 months I was recieving the supposed Shire Adderall that had M. Amphet. Salts imprinted on the capsule and I was experiencing sensitiviy to light, headaches, and had mood swings. Me and my doctor felt it was just life circumstances. i.e. Work and School and staring at computer screens for both for hours a day and the stress that came with them.
Month 3 I no longer have insurance and I go fill my prescription and the capsules say Adderall XR and my mood swings, light sensitivity, and head aches dissipated. I still had school and work and it was even more stressful because it was the end of the semester.
For Month 4 I asked my doctor for a generic version since I no longer had insurance. When I filled the script the capsules said M. Amphet. salts. and my headaches, light sensitivity, and mood swings returned.

After reading the comments above I'm going to file a complaint and speak with my doctor about writing the specifications on the script. ADDERAL XR only. I'm sick of headaches and my coworkers are sick of my mood swings.

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