Counterfeit Adderall Pills Circulating – FDA Administers Warning

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All medications can have adverse effects. Those effects can be intensified by taking the wrong medication or a medication that you don’t need. Additionally, certain medications are monitored very carefully for a reason. One such case is Adderall, a medication for ADHD manufactured by Teva. It is classified with other medications that are monitored carefully to help prevent abuse and addiction.

Of course, there will always be ways to get a prescription drug with not so legal methods. With the way the health care system in America is now, it’s no wonder that some of us turn to not so reliable sources, like the Internet, for medications.

Officials believe that the biggest reason people are flocking to the internet for Adderall is the shortage of it in the U.S.

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, a counterfeit version of Adderall’s 30 milligram are now in circulation. Through testing, they found that the pills being sold and dispersed over the internet contain the wrong active ingredients: tramadol and acetaminophen, both of which are used to treat pain. Adderoll, however, contains the active ingredients dextroamphetamine saccharate, amphetamine aspartate, dextroamphetamine sulfate, and amphetamine sulfate, all of which are stimulants used to treat hyperactivity in ADHD sufferers.

Since the active ingredients are very different, the counterfeits are unable to help suppress the hyperactivity, and are, thereby, ineffective. However, ineffectiveness is not the worst of the concern here. Taking the knock-offs could be dangerous, especially if acetaminophen is taken regularly by the person taking the fake Adderalls.

Thankfully, the difference in the counterfeit  Adderalls and the real Adderalls can be seen easily. Adderalls manufactured by Teva are round, an orange/peach color and scored with a “dp” embossing on one side and a “30” on the other. The counterfeits, however, may have any one of the following differences:

  • They are white in color, round in shape, and smooth in texture.
  • There are misspellings on the packaging, such as “NDS” instead of “NDC,” “Aspartrte” instead of “Aspartate,” or “Singel” instead of “Single.”
  • The tablets are round in shape, white in color, and smooth in texture
  • The pills are unmarked.
  • The pills are contained in a blister package instead of a 100 count bottle.


If you believe that you have received a counterfeit version of the Teva Adderall 30mg tablets, do not take them and do not give them to your child. Talk to your doctor about your condition and other possible forms of treatments. You should also report the purchase to the FDA’s Office of Criminal Investigation by calling 800.551.3989 or by visiting their website. If you have already taken the fake Adderalls and believe that you are experiencing any adverse effects from the medication, you should report this to your doctor.

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Kate Givans is a wife and a mother of five—four sons (one with autism) and a daughter. She’s an advocate for breastfeeding, women’s rights, against domestic violence, and equality for all. When not writing—be it creating her next romance novel or here on Growing Your Baby—Kate can be found discussing humanitarian issues, animal rights, eco-awareness, food, parenting, and her favorite books and shows on Twitter or Facebook. Laundry is the bane of her existence, but armed with a cup of coffee, she sometimes she gets it done. Find out more about Kate’s books at authorkategivans.com.

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