Home Health Parents News Now FDA: Counterfeit ADHD Medication in Circulation FDA: Counterfeit ADHD Medication in Circulation By Holly Lebowitz Rossi May 31, 2012 Advertisement Save Pin FB More Tweet Email Send Text Message Print FDA: Counterfeit ADHD Medication in Circulation 29680 According to the FDA, the counterfeit version being sold on the Internet contains the wrong active ingredients -- containing tramadol, a narcotic-like painkiller, and acetaminophen (Tylenol). Tramadol isn't a controlled substance and may be easier to obtain for fraudulent purposes than the active ingredients in Adderall, which are all forms of amphetamine stimulants. "Consumers should be extra cautious when buying their medicines from online sources," said the FDA in a media statement. "Rogue websites and distributors may especially target medicines in short supply for counterfeiting." Counterfeit Adderall tablets, which are white, look strikingly different from the real version, which is orange/peach in color and manufactured by Teva Pharmaceuticals. Real Adderall, in a 30-milligram dose, is imprinted with a "dp" on one side and "30" on the other side of the tablet. Photos of the counterfeit version and the real drug can be found posted by the FDA on flickr. The agency added that the Adderall 30-mg. product may be counterfeit if: -- The product comes in a blister package. -- There are misspellings on the package such as "NDS" instead of "NDC"; "Aspartrte" instead of "Aspartate"; Singel" instead of "Single" -- The tablets are white in color, round in shape, and are smooth. -- The tablets have no markings on them. Consumers who suspect they've purchased the fraudulent Adderall should file a report online at the FDA's MedWatch site or call 1-800-332-1088 to request a reporting form. Image: Prescription bottle, via Shutterstock. By Holly Lebowitz Rossi Save Pin FB More Tweet Email Send Text Message Print Comments Add a Comment Be the first to comment! No comments yet. Advertisement Close this dialog window Add a comment FDA: Counterfeit ADHD Medication in Circulation Add your comment... Cancel Submit Success! Thanks for adding your feedback.