Can You Crush Adderall Tablets?

In our latest question and answer, the pharmacist discusses whether or not Adderall tablets can be crushed.

Question

I have Adderall tablets that I find challenging to swallow. Can they be crushed?

Asked by Alberst On Aug 03, 2022

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Medical Content Reviewed By HelloPharmacist Staff

Published Aug 03, 2022
Last updated Aug 03, 2022

Key points

  • Adderall tablets can safely be crushed and the powder administered immediately on top of food or in a drink.
  • Adderall tablets are also scored and can be split into halves (or quarters for some tablets).
  • Other forms of Adderall (e.g Adderall XR capsules) cannot be crushed.

Answer

Hello and thanks for reaching out to us!

Yes, Adderall tablets can safely be crushed and administered on top of food or put in a drink for immediate consumption. Crushing the tablets will not alter how the drug works or how it is absorbed.

In fact, most generic Adderall tablets are scored, making them easier to split and crush. Some Adderall tablets are even scored twice (horizontally and vertically) so they can be split into quarters.

I do want to emphasize that this guidance only applies to Adderall tablets. Adderall is also available in an extended-released product, Adderall XR capsules. These cannot be crushed (but they can be opened). We wrote about opening Adderall XR capsules in another of our answers.

So, if you are having trouble swallowing Adderall tablets, crushing is perfectly fine and safe to do. Unfortunately, Adderall does not come in a liquid dosage form, so your options are to crush the tablets or switch to another stimulant that does come as a liquid (e.g. methylphenidate solution).

About Adderall

The combination of dextroamphetamine and amphetamine (Adderall, Adderall XR, Mydayis) is used as part of a treatment program to control symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD; more difficulty focusing, controlling actions, and remaining still or quiet than other people who are the same age). It is used to treat ADHD in adults and children 3 years of age and older.

Adderall is in a class of medications called central nervous system stimulants. It works by changing the amounts of certain natural substances (neurotransmitters) in the brain.

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