Can You Open Adderall XR Capsules?

In our latest question and answer, the pharmacist discusses whether or not Adderall XR capsules can be opened.

Can You Open Adderall XR Capsules?
May 28, 2018

Evelyn asked

Can you open Adderall XR capsules? I have trouble swallowing the capsules.

At a glance

  • Adderall XR contains two types of drug 'beads'. One type of bead is for immediate release while the other type of bead is delayed release.


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Yes, Adderall XR capsules can safely be opened and sprinkled on a spoonful of cool applesauce or pudding and swallowed immediately, followed by a drink of water or other liquid.

The entire contents of Adderall XR capsules should be consumed immediately and not be stored for future use as they are more susceptible to moisture and other environmental factors when not protected by the outer capsule.

According to the prescribing information for Adderall XR:

"Opening the capsule and sprinkling the contents on applesauce results in comparable absorption to the intact capsule taken in the fasted state [without food]."

In addition, the drug containing beads in Adderall XR capsules should not crushed or chewed as this will destroy the extended release mechanism of Adderall XR, causing the entire dose to be released at once, potentially causing an acute overdose and an increased risk of side effects.

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