Beware of Fraudulent Products Claiming to be Adderall Substitutes

Consumers are advised to be wary of products such as ADDTabz and GungHo marketed on the Internet as non-prescription or natural alternatives to the ADHD drug Adderall®. <!--more-->Web sites selling the products claim that they enhance energy, focus, and memory, without any side effects, and also claim that the products have undergone studies and clinical tests.

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns consumers about such health fraud scams. FDA describes health fraud as "articles of unproven effectiveness that are promoted to improve health, well being or appearance," and indicates that “Promotions for fraudulent products show up daily in newspaper and magazine ads and TV ‘infomercials.’ They accompany products sold in stores, on the Internet, and through mail-order catalogs.” FDA, in “How to Spot Health Fraud,” explains that the following signs can indicate a fraudulent product:


  • Claims that the product is a “quick fix” remedy, or that one product does it all.

  • Advertising that includes personal testimonials, meaningless medical jargon, or paranoid accusations about legitimate medications or drug manufacturers.

  • Claims that the product is “natural,” “time-tested,” or a “new-found treatment.”


The Health Fraud Scams section of the FDA Web site provides several videos, tips, and additional information about how to avoid fraudulent health products.

When seeking treatment for symptoms that may be related to ADHD, or when choosing over-the-counter dietary supplements or natural remedies, consumers are advised of the following tips:


  • See your doctor if you are experiencing symptoms and believe you need treatment, such as a prescription medication. It is dangerous to try and self-diagnose or self-prescribe.

  • Seek advice from your health care providers, such as your doctor or pharmacist, when choosing an over-the-counter medication or dietary supplement.

  • ADHD medications such as Adderall and Ritalin®  are controlled substances and may only be taken under the supervision of a doctor. These drugs have a high potential for addiction, and may have side effects when not used as prescribed.

  • When choosing to fill a prescription using an online pharmacy, make sure to choose a VIPPS® (Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice SitesCM) -accredited pharmacy. The list of VIPPS pharmacies is available on the AWARXE Web site.

  • Purchasing drug products from Not Recommended Web sites puts you at risk for exposure to dangerous counterfeit drugs.


More information about safe Internet pharmacies, the dangers of counterfeit drugs, and other prescription drug safety information, is available in the Online Pharmacies section of the AWARxE Web site.