Hi Stevie- Adderall has the potential of raising your blood pressure, since it's an amphetamine. Side effects can include:
Cardiovascular: Palpitations, tachycardia (fast heart rate) and elevation of blood pressure.
At 17, your systolic should not be over 120 at home when you're relaxed. Slight elevations on and off during the day are normal...We only should get concerned if the # stays elevated MOST of the time.
Any systolic 140 or higher is too high and needs to be checked properly.
Doctor's Office ("white coat" hypertension is common, where our readings can be higher than normal.
As normocrazy suggested, why not invest in a good BP home monitor (NOT the wrist kind,since they are not reliable, nor do they give consistant readings) and take your pressure at home to see what's what. If you are still getting high systolic readings, I would discuss this with your doctor.
Get an OMRON ,LUMISCOPE, RELiON (a Walmart brand)or LIFESOURCE self-inflating digital readout one. Easy to use. Rated highly in the June issue of Consumer Reports and by other people on these boards.
About your chest redness/acne.. Another side effect of Adderall is urticaria. Raised, red, often itchy welts of various sizes, that appear and disappear....really like hives. Does that match what you had?
[This message has been edited by zuzu8 (edited 06-27-2003).]