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Since Adderall’s introduction into the market in 1996, many lawsuits have been filed against Shire Pharmaceuticals, the company which produces the drug. The Adderall mechanism of action is to increase the activity of neurotransmitters in the brain responsible for alertness, concentration, and motivation. Legal Adderall usage is prescription-based, for people with conditions such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy.
However, Adderall usage has been linked to a number of side effects including mental health problems, high blood pressure, insomnia, heart conditions, stroke, and sudden death. Experiencing any of these serious adverse effects can become grounds for taking legal action. So, what is the process for filing a lawsuit for a financial settlement? This article will discuss the reasons and procedures for filing a lawsuit against the drug makers of Adderall.

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What is an Adderall Lawsuit?

Victims who have suffered adverse effects with proper use of the drug may be entitled to take legal action against the manufacturer. The primary goal of such a lawsuit is to obtain a financial settlement: a payment made from the manufacturer to the affected person to compensate for their difficulties and to cover the cost of treatment.
A lawsuit can be filed only if health complications occur as a direct result of taking the medication as prescribed. Legal and medical experts are responsible for determining whether the drug was solely responsible for the adverse effects that were experienced. For the lawsuit to be successful, it must be proved that the medication was taken exactly as prescribed. For instance, the manufacturer can not be held responsible for the health consequences experienced by a pregnant woman taking the drug without a doctor’s prescription. If an individual takes additional substances that maximize the effects of Adderall, it can be quite challenging to determine the link between the drug and the harm caused. For example, there are increasing reports of interactions between Adderall and kratom, a substance which also acts as a stimulant in small doses.
Legal action can be undertaken if:

  • The medication was taken strictly as prescribed.
  • Serious adverse effects occur, and experts testify that there is a direct causal link between the medication and resulting harm.
  • There are demonstrable damages compensable under the law.

Some of the most prominent legal actions against Shire Pharmaceuticals have been in response to what many believe are false claims about Adderall’s efficacy and for delaying the availability of less expensive generic versions of the drug. According to the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Adderall is a schedule II substance with high potential for abuse. The medication is informally nicknamed the “study drug” and is known to be abused by many students seeking to maintain focus and study longer. The formation of an addiction to Adderall, when taken strictly by prescription, could be considered grounds for legal action against the manufacturer.
Adderall has been linked to certain psychological problems, but proving an association between Adderall and depression as the basis of a lawsuit can be challenging.
Furthermore, stimulant medications have been linked to a number of serious side effects and medical complications. Some of the reasons people may file an Adderall lawsuit include experiencing one or more of the following:

  • Sudden cardiac death
  • Heart attack
  • Disruption in heart rhythm, hypertensionback of attastor talking to magistrate in court at Adderall legal settlement
  • Stroke
  • Overdose
  • Addiction from prolonged use
  • Seizures
  • Kidney disease
  • Depression
  • Sexual dysfunction

Stimulant drugs are powerful substances with serious possible health complications, and is therefore recommended only to be taken with a prescription from a physician who can prescribe Adderall.

A person who believes that a stimulant medication has caused damage to their health may have grounds taking legal action. In this case the first step is to talk to a qualified attorney who specializes in filing lawsuits against manufacturers of dangerous and/or defective medications and medical devices. These attorneys usually perform an initial review of a case to identify all possible legal options.
The amount a plaintiff may be compensated depends on a number of factors which can be determined and assessed by an attorney. Additionally, there may be a statute of limitations (expiration date) on filing a settlement lawsuit. Therefore, in the case of an Adderall overdose or other life-threatening complications, it is recommended that victims do not delay seeking legal consultation.

How to Choose a Lawyer for Adderall Lawsuit Settlement?

Those pursuing legal action against the manufacturers of stimulant drugs like Adderall are encouraged to consider the following steps:

  • Select a law firm that specializes in medical malpractice or suing pharmaceutical companies
  • Ask friends and family members for a referral
  • Use a search engine to find medical malpractice attorneys nearby
  • Check ratings on online review sites
  • Contact a state bar association for recommendations
  • Compare websites of different attorneys who practice malpractice law

Biggest Lawsuit Settlements for Adderall

scales of justice in the empty court room after the settlement
In 2014, Shire Pharmaceuticals paid out more than $56 million for making false claims, according to a US Department of Justice press release. The corporation was accused of promoting its drug products for certain uses without supporting clinical data. It had reportedly also overstated the efficacy of the drug and made unsupported claims about its superiority over other medications in treating ADHD.
Also in 2014, Shire made a one-time cash payment of $48 million to Impax Laboratories for a dispute regarding supply obligations and ordering practices.
In 2016, the company settled a class action lawsuit for $15 million for having artificially inflated the price of Adderall by paying competitors to delay the availability of a less expensive generic version of the drug.

People who take a stimulant precisely as prescribed and suffer serious health complications may be entitled to compensation from the pharmaceutical company that makes the drug. According to national and state laws, drug manufacturers can be held legally liable for harm caused to patients from Adderall taken by prescription. It is worth noting that individuals who abuse Adderall may require treatment for addiction and may have to undergo a medically-managed drug detox in order to come off of these medications safely. These individuals are not eligible to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the drug.

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Isaak Stotts, LP

Isaak Stotts is an in-house medical writer in AddictionResource. Isaak learned addiction psychology at Aspen University and got a Master's Degree in Arts in Psychology and Addiction Counseling. After graduation, he became a substance abuse counselor, providing individual, group, and family counseling for those who strive to achieve and maintain sobriety and recovery goals.


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  • coleen bourgeois
    I was placed on Adderall for many years after 2006-2014. In 2014 I was diagnosed with renal failure. Am I stilll able to do any form of a lawsuit?
  • Michelle Adrian
    I’ve became a compulsive gambler since I started taking adderall. Is there any lawsuits out there to prove this is a problem?
    • Tim Kulhanek
      Adderal xr turned me into a compulsive gambler, of which led me into troubles with the law. I’ve lost over $100,000 in the last year alone. If anyone has any information? Please help. Thank you
      • Chloe
        Have you found any info on law suits against them for this ?
      • Tasha
        Hi, I ran into your post. I am currently in the same situation right now. This past 6 months. I have lost over $100k on my credit card. How did you deal with it? Any advice?
    • Tashaty
      I dont if there are any but I have become a compulsive gambler too. We should get in touch and trade notes.
    • Ncholas MA
      Let’s start a class action against big pharma this is not listed as a side effect but it is being studied and there are publications that show amphetamines trigger gambling compulsion.
      • EG
        My name is EG. The same thing happened to me. Adderall caused me to lose over 400k gambling. Even if I won I could not stop ! The. anxiety was there I thought it was to make you focus. Took it as directed. Have headaches all the time. And the physical issues.
  • Sheila Young
    Hello my wife became a compulsive Gambler with using adderal could you help us thank you
  • AP
    I also have a compulsive gambling problem, I attribute to being on Adderall….this needs to be reported as a problem
  • Dylan D
    Cumpulsive gambling? Go to rehab. That is an addiction. I have been force fed prescription adderal since I was 3. I would be here all night explaining all my health issues. Deformed back. Stunted growth…muscle tissue being eaten almost as fast as I can build it. Disqualified from the united states marines after I swore in for “meth” and I’ve never touched it. I stopped taking it cold turkey. after that and could never figure out what was wrong with me. Strong chest pains. Heart does not function properly. Took years to figure out I had severe anxiety. Felt like heart attacks at times. I never went to the hospital because I was dumped on the streets. Mainly I guess…because since I was 3 years old I’m not sure…I thought it was normal to toss and turn all night. Feet won’t quit rocking. Mind 200mph on repeat. How was I supposed to focus in school when I’m up all night? I could focus on a anything else until the teacher said something that triggered my attention…which was rare unless i knew I had to really try. I got booted out on my ads cause I was spittin dip and I dropped out of college. No drugs tho. I quit being force fed the meth that I had been on my entire life. That’s not even half of the pain this pill has caused me.
    • Dakota
      I can relate so much this is ridiculous
    • Brandon
      You literally explain my last 24yearz of my life. I can’t begin to explain the bad it caused on my life, I could deal with the gambling it’s a bad habbit that has increased over time due to Adderall, but that’s the bottom of my list of things it has caused. Failing in school due to the fact that I can’t concentrate long enough to even finish a thought and my mind would go so fast I couldn’t concentrate on anything at all I could only come straight on something that was of interest to me I was very smart but yet I was in all dummy classes because I couldn’t do my homework I got A’s and all my tests and you have failed almost every class I ever had missed a lot of school due to the fact of picking at my face and being up for so long that I would end up sleeping at the time I did wasn’t even old enough to understand what I was doing I didn’t know I was even getting high I just thought that was what was supposed to happen after doing the medication that’s just the I can’t say that everything that I have done is because of this but I can say that it is influenced a lot of my life I don’t think that adderal is solely to blame for my drug use but I feel that it was a big part of it because of doing it I ended up having teeth that started rotting by the time I was 1314 somewhere in there and my time I had 18 I’d already lost quite a few cancel and pain got taken off d at all had no health insurance couldn’t concentrate long enough to stay at a job and if I could say the job and I didn’t up getting fired for not showing up because I wouldn’t up oversleeping by the time I turned 20 I started using meth as a way to stay awake it causes severe anger issues an inability to communicate thoughts and all I ever wanted was something that would just make me feel normal and it did everything but that it made me as far from normal as I possibly could be and on top of everything else now I struggle with the addiction so gambling the bottom of my priorities I have so many side effects in so many bad things that have happened because of this
    • Pamela
      The tossing and turning and need to move legs … keeping you up all night, do you still struggle with it? Does it build up, feeling like ants all over or something else all over making you have an overwhelming impulse to move legs to relieve some of that until it starts all over again? If so, let me know. I agree, it’s pharma grade meth(the pills)4me it causes fatigue that stops once w/d off stimulant over.If u feel like something walking on legs & u have no relief until moving them, may be restless leg syndrome! See a Dr if you can. Sorry I may be way left field but it’s common w/ADD male patients.
  • R. Hill
    Could this have caused my gambling addiction?!
  • melissa johnson
    Hello, I had a heart attack 11/01/2018 with documentation from the cardiologist Adderall was the cause of my ischemic heart attack Can I receive any help in this matter? thanks
  • Brooke Frasher
    Hello, I am wondering about how long you have to be on Adderall to file a lawsuit and what proof you need. I got very agressive and strarted beating on my boyfriend and tried to jump out of the car on him. My other problems on it was i got 20,000 Dollars in debt and have to file bankruptcy from compulsive shopping . Thank you .
  • Nathan B Moore
    Is there a link between adderall and compulsive gambling disorder
  • Teara Blaylock
    Iv been on this medication since i was 6 years old…. Im 24 now. I cannot get off this medication. Because i dont feel like a normal human when i dont take it. I dont know who i am when i dont take it. All i want to do is sleep When i do take it im up all night I can get things done but recently finding myself more and more depressed because i can never be normal without shoving a pill down my throat. Evry single day since i was 6. Percribed and all. I was a ginny pig…. And this wasnt my choice….. I would never put my kids on this medication or any! And my parents just thought they were helping me like i said it was a test drug then. I have a unnormal heart beat horrible head achs cant sleep mood swings depression Body aches Shakes and a crap load of money dumped into this medication
    • Ashley
      I’ve been on Adderall for 25 years- Ritalin 2 years prior to that, and I put almost full blame of my current condition / situation on the continuous intake of that/those medications. I feel like it ends up wreaking havoc on ur own being. I mean, physically, because you tend to minimize, ignore, push thru (so-to-speak) most pain-related symptoms that only get worse & then ALL of a SuDDeN hit you- & in a FAR worse way than what it WOULD have been – had the problem been addressed sooner, if not immediately!! Next, it has extremely damaging effects to one’s own psyche & emotional/mental capacities! That goes so far in, that I won’t even go there – fearing i may never get out!! Another effect from taking amphetamines for a long period of time is its negative effect on our physiological and biological care and health of our bodies (I know, that doesn’t make sense – but I can’t think of the words to use to explain what it is that I’m trying to explain… I have MULTIPLE chronic disorders, in HORRIBLE physical & mental health which is working simultaneously AGAINST physical appearance creating a sense of disgust and bias from those i come in contact with- NOT too mention, the loss of self-EVERYTHING [GOOD] {i.e; *-esteem, *-respect, *-confidence, *-discipline, *-control, *-WORTH, etc…} MOSTLY BECAUSE I HAVE LIKE, 4 TEETH! Which I feel is the single WORST part of taking adderall for so long- the loss of bone density causing (but not limited to) soft teeth, which DoES NoT do well with the common side effect of anxious teeth-grinding!! I AM NOT IN A GOOD PLACE, SO IF THERE HAPPENS TOO BE ANYONE, ANYONE AT ALL, THAT HAS BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH A.D.D. AT A YOUNG AGE AND WAS PRESCRIBED AMPHETAMINES OVER THE PAST 20+ YEARS, I’D REALLY LIKE TO SPEAK WITH YOU, PLEASE! I would love some pointers on how to live like a “normal functioning member of society”- because seriously, I’m just not living anymore, ya know?! And I just struggle to trust anyone whom doesn’t know what it feels like to have been prescribed a DRUG that does ALL the BRAIN work for someone 82% of their whole life- {Again, if that even makes sense!… Which, I’m sure it does to the ones that I’d like it to matter… to…?} I DO apologize for my rambling tangents, I guess I just needed to get it out that i feel completely alone in this hopeless, helpless, HuMaNLeSS world! ✌ Ashley ★
      • Sarah J Floyd
        My nana sarah I’m 30 and I started in school for my grades and behavior.. no teeth life .. no hope all I can do is mix medications for relief from the damage it has done to my body and mind .. off if it I’m manic then I sleep for weeks literally my personality fails me too … I’m so sorry but ur not alone
    • A Antico
      I was addicted to Adderal for 10years. This medicine gives you a false sense of confidence that will lead to other addictive type behaviors. I too had a false sense of confidence that led to losing 100k in gambling and other addictive behaviors. I too believe we should put a class action suit against the makers of this drug. There is no quick fix for ADHD and the side effects of Adderal will outweigh its benefits.
  • MA
    I became a pathological gambler because of Adderall and it ruined my life beyond comprehension. They should have to pay for treatment, not to mention years of suffering and depression because of the problems caused by gamblimg which addrell made uncontrollable. Please help.
    • Nick
      I am the same boat. We can gather as many people as possible and start a class action.. The more people who can be part of the claim the more likely hood as to getting a favorable outcome. Please contact me and we can start to find more and more people with the same occurrence. Yes Amphetamines have been proven to be a trigger and increase the urge to gamble. nickbpoker at gmai dot com please contact me so we can start to get help and find a firm to represent us. I am already pursuing this individually but as i stated a class action would be much more appealing to a firm.
      • Brian
        Please help I have been on and off the struggle for more than 10 years but mostly on because every time I try to get off I feel dysfunctional tired of me it’s wings never went through over $30,000 in credit card debt three children and a wife and a girlfriend and now my company is going under because of the prescribed meds I have been fed from physicians telling me that I needed it and that was my problem! Now my life is going to hell in a handbasket and I’ve lost all my friends all my family which I blame on Adderall mostly. Who am I and I have a very compulsive shopping addiction I won’t buy anything even though I can’t afford it when I’m off it I can’t keep myself awake and depression has forced me to put a gun to my head several times and I’m afraid, well I’m afraid of living in general…
      • Cindy
        I too have become a compulsive gambler and have been on Adderral for 20 + years for Narcolepsy. Also i have excessive tooth decay which i am sure is due to the amphetamine.
  • Stephen
    I stopped taking adderall in 2016 and haven’t been the same since. I can barely get up put of bed and while I was on it all I wanted to do was gamble. It ruined my teeth completely and has greatly impacted my way of life. I can barely function normally after taking it for nearly 10 years. I deserve compensation. Please help.
  • Kristi Smith
    Is there a link to teeth crumbling and rotting from being on Adderall for years and then going off of it. My special needs child was on it for years and when I started home schooling we took him off and his teeth are awful.
  • Jason V
    I am not an attorney but in my heart do believe that there are grounds for a case against the makers for impulse control issues and degenerative gambling addiction. I have taken IR 30mg for 10 years. It was the beginning of the end for me. I have lost everything at 42 years old. Unexplainable casino binges that end in spending everything and anything I have and available to me. I am considered of sound mind and judgment in every other aspect of my life and did not have this addiction before adderal. It is game specific too. I used to enjoy poker or table games, it turned into ONLY high limit slots (sometimes 2 at a time). I think we should all compare notes and pursue. I don’t know proper format but was thinking initially of a possible KIK chat Adderallgambling Please let me know if there is interest here.
  • Nichole m
    My gambling is out of control since adderayl
  • Dalton
    I’ve been on stimulants since was 12 and have multiple problems bc of taking these meds main problem is dental and I am currently looking at 8 crowns bc of the tooth decay from the stimulants.i brushed my teeth religiously as a kid bc of all the work I had to have continually only after I started taking these med and now I’m looking at about 15k just to get me to where I can brush enamel is crumbling Off my teeth everytime I brush and they look awfull and have server pain and sensitivity. The main teeth affected are the top row from inside to inside is there any thing I can do to get help paying for this treatment?
  • Cheri
    I have been on Adderall for ADD for over 15 years. I also started gambling compulsively around the same time. I never put the two together until I read about a woman who lost everything including her family because of compulsive gambling. I have the same story. I lost everything I owned. I went to inpatient treatment for compulsive gambling. I notice when I take my adderall I want to go to the casino. I never had that impulse before I started adderall but never connected it together. I’ve lost everything of monetary value because of compulsive gambling. There is no warning of this.
    • Diana D
      Has anyone talked to an attorney about the compulsive gambling? It seems there are so many of us that we should be able to do something.
  • Kayla Cortez
    DEVELOPED INSOMNIA EVEN AFTER QUITTING. 20/F I was prescribed Adderall a few months ago and only have taken it 2-3 days a week for school. A month ago I took 15mg one morning and couldn’t sleep that night and decided to quit taking it. I have had insomnia every single night since then (which I’ve never ever had sleeping problems in my life) and no natural or prescriptions sleeping aids my doctor has prescribed me have been working. I’m a single mother and a college student and this insomnia is debilitating and heavily affecting my life. Please help I have no idea what to do.