HealthDay News — Consumers purchasing the drug Adderall online may be buying a counterfeit version that could be ineffective, unsafe and potentially harmful, the FDA announced in a safety alert.

Laboratory tests revealed that the counterfeit version of Teva’s Adderall 30 mg tablets contained tramadol and acetaminophen, used to treat pain, rather than dextroamphetamine saccharate, amphetamine aspartate, dextroamphetamine sulfate and amphetamine sulfa, the active ingredients used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and narcolepsy.

Authentic Adderall tablets, which are in short supply due to pharmaceutical ingredient supply issues, are round, orange, scored and have “dp” imprinted on one side, and “30” on the other. Teva’s Adderall 30 mg tablets are packaged only in a 100-count bottle with the National Drug Code (NDC) 0555-0768-02 listed.

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The fake tablets, distributed through rogue websites, are round and white, do not include such markings and come in blister packs.

Other signs that the pills are counterfeit include the following misspellings on the packaging:

  • “NDS” instead of “NDC”
  • “Aspartrte” instead of “Aspartate”
  • “Singel” instead of “Single”

“Anyone who believes they have the counterfeit version of Teva’s Adderall 30 mg tablets should not take, or should stop taking, the product. Consumers should talk to their health care professional about their condition and options for treatment,” the FDA said.

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