A 12-year-old client has new orders for amphetamine and dextroamphetamine (Adderall) for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. The nurse should alert the client’s caregivers about which adverse effect?

  1. nausea
  2. seizures
  3. weight gain
  4. constipation
Number 2 is correct.
Rationale: Seizures are a serious, adverse drug effect that may occur when taking Adderall. Nausea and constipation are common side effects but are not considered adverse drug effects. Adderall normally decreases appetite, causing weight loss instead of weight gain.