Myocardial infarction associated with adderall XR and alcohol use in a young man

J Am Board Fam Med. 2009 Mar-Apr;22(2):197-201. doi: 10.3122/jabfm.2009.02.080003.


Adderall, consisting of a mixture of amphetamine salts and dextroamphetamine salts, is a prescription drug for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. Labeled or unlabeled use of Adderall is gaining popularity among young children and college students. Although it is rare, Adderall use is associated with myocardial infarction and even sudden death. We report a case of a young man with acute myocardial infarction after taking 2 15-mg tablets of Adderall XR with alcohol and discuss the clinical features, diagnosis, and management of the cardiovascular effect of amphetamine-containing drugs.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Acute Disease
  • Alcohol Drinking / adverse effects*
  • Amphetamines / poisoning*
  • Central Nervous System Stimulants / poisoning*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Myocardial Infarction / chemically induced*
  • Myocardial Infarction / diagnosis
  • Myocardial Infarction / physiopathology
  • Young Adult


  • Amphetamines
  • Central Nervous System Stimulants
  • SLI381