Adderall is a prescription medication for patients diagnosed with ADHD or ADD. While this type of amphetamine is also being prescribed to patients who are obese and has displayed drastic weight loss results in overweight people, it is still very controversial. Should it still be prescribed to non-ADHD patients even when there's potential for abuse? Side effects Adderall weight loss side effects may vary by age. An adolescent may not experience some of the side effects that a child is experiencing, for example, and Adderall may have different effects on an adult compared to a child or to an adolescent. Adderall weight loss side effects by age: In children, Adderall can cause insomnia and decrease in appetite. Children may also experience stomach aches and emotional lapses, making their moods more unpredictable, and making them more emotionally sensitive . For adolescents, Adderall causes a loss of appetite, headaches, stomach aches, and difficulty in falling asleep. The loss of appetite leads to drastic weight loss that can easily be mistaken for anorexia nervosa, an eating disorder. Adults experience more than just losing their appetites, insomnia, headaches and weight loss. They also suffer from dry mouth. Rare side effects Aside from losing weight, a person taking Adderall may experience these side effects which may require immediate medical treatment in most cases. Among these are symptoms of tourettism, a neurological disorder that makes a person do involuntary vocal and motor tics. Other side effects include aggression, depression, seizures, abnormal EEG readings, swelling of the ankles or feet, high blood pressure, and the cherry on top of it all: death. Should you take it? Yes and no, depending on your health condition. To be safe ask your doctor first. Your doctor can take into consideration all of your health statistics so you can make a more informed decision. Also, before taking any weight loss drugs, you should explore other 'safer' ways of losing weight, such as exercising.