v3.6.0.2
Document and Entity Information - USD ($)
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2016
Feb. 23, 2017
Jun. 30, 2016
Document and Entity Information      
Entity Registrant Name Adamas Pharmaceuticals Inc    
Entity Central Index Key 0001328143    
Document Type 10-K    
Document Period End Date Dec. 31, 2016    
Amendment Flag false    
Current Fiscal Year End Date --12-31    
Entity Well-known Seasoned Issuer No    
Entity Voluntary Filers No    
Entity Current Reporting Status Yes    
Entity Filer Category Accelerated Filer    
Entity Public Float     $ 251,571,342
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   22,219,774  
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2016    
Document Fiscal Period Focus FY