The FDA is warning consumers and health care professionals that a counterfeit version of Adderall is being purchased on the internet. Adderall, approved to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorders (ADHD) and narcolepsy, is a prescription drug classified as a controlled substance. Preliminary laboratory tests revealed that the counterfeit Adderall, 30-milligram tablets, contained the wrong active ingredients. Adderall contains four active ingredients – dextroamphetamine saccharate, amphetamine aspartate, dextroamphetamine sulfate, and amphetamine sulfate. Instead of these active ingredients, the counterfeit product contained tramadol and acetaminophen, which are ingredients in medicines used to treat acute pain.
The counterfeit Adderall tablets are round, white and do not have any type of markings, such as letters or numbers. Authentic Adderall 30 mg tablets produced by Teva are round orange/peach, and scored tablets with “dp” embossed on one side and “30” on the other side of the tablet.