Sunday October 26th 2014

Adderall overdose: How much amount of Adderall to OD?

An Adderall overdose can be fatal for adults or for children.

And even if you don’t die during an Adderall overdose, OD’ing on Adderall can cause permanent damage to your body. So can you prevent an unintentional Adderall overdose? We’ll review the risk factors for Adderall overdose as well as recommended quantities for safe dosing to avoid Adderall death cases here. We invite your questions about Adderall and overdose at the end and try to respond to all Adderall questions promptly.

How does Adderall overdose happen?

In general, the time Adderall stays in system depends on dosing frequency and amounts, but it can be detected in urine for days after last use.   But sometimes people take too much Adderall?  How and why?

There are a few reasons why someone might take too much Adderall. Adderall helps people with sleep disorders like narcolepsy stay awake, so it can be used to try to increase alertness, But increasing the frequency of Adderall dosing or the amount of Adderall that you take is an easy way to unintentionally overdose on Adderall. Taking Adderall for getting high can also result in an overdose. And some people overdose on Adderall as a form of self-harm or as part of a suicide attempt.

Adderall overdose – How much is too much?

One special danger with Adderall is the fact that it’s often prescribed to children suffering from ADHD. In fact, it is much easier for a child to overdose on Adderall than an adult because of the difference in body mass. The fatal amount of Adderall varies from person to person. And even normal doses of Adderall can (infrequently) cause sudden death. In general, 20-25 mg/kg of a person’s body weight is considered a fatal dose.

In children – The typical dose of Adderall is only 2.5-5mg per day. It should never be given in doses larger than 40/mg per day.

In adults – Adults may receive anywhere from 5-60 mg of Adderall per day, depending on their situation. But even at normal therapeutic doses it can be dangerous and cause stroke or sudden death. As little as 30 mg of Adderall can be dangerous to some people, while doses as high as 500 mg have been reported as safe in people with chronic exposure and histories of Adderall abuse. 70 mg in one day is considered the maximum safe daily dose.In a 150 lb adult, the fatal dose would probably be about 1360 mg.

Adderall overdose complications

Cardiovascular problems are the biggest risk of overdosing on Adderall. But Adderall can cause heart and lung problems even at doses lower than OD range.

Adderall overdose prognosis

In an emergency Adderall situation, you’ll need to receive immediate medical attention. The prognosis will depend on a number of different factors, including your own size and body chemistry. Because the results of Adderall overdose can be so unpredictable, it’s best to see a doctor as soon as possible.

Adderall overdose amount questions

This medication should only be taken in the doses recommended by your doctor. And Adderall abuse (taking Adderall to get high) poses a real risk of death and overdose. You’re increasing your risk of overdose when you snort or inject Adderall.

If you have any questions about safe amounts of Adderall in your system, please leave them here. We are happy to try to help answer your questions about Adderall, and will try to respond with a personal and prompt reply for all legitimate queries.

Reference Sources: ToxNet: Amphetamine
FDA Medication Guide: Adderall XR
Medline Plus: Dextroamphetamine and Amphetamine

Photo credit: Ton Haex

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36 Responses to “Adderall overdose: How much amount of Adderall to OD?
Quenton
7:48 am September 18th, 2012

What should one do durring a over dose? Besides of course see a doctor. I guess a better question is what should one do if there wasn’t a doctor while overdosing?

stewart
11:27 pm December 13th, 2012

if you take a few pills,like i did today, and afterwards, you feel like you might have taken too much adderall, what should you do?puke it up?

9:32 am December 14th, 2012

Hi Stewart. I’d suggest that you call you local poison control center for more information on what to do. You can call the national poison control hotline at 1-800-222-1222 to be connected. Also, more help here: http://www.aapcc.org/

Apersonwhowouldrathernotbenamed
2:11 pm December 18th, 2012

152 lbs. 9:40pm yesterday, took 4 30 mg. capsules. This happens to me reasonably frequently, I forget my meds in the afternoon and don’t watch the clock when I go get them, so I accidentally take them in the late evening, but this time it turns out I DID get my afternoon meds and I took the meds in the evening a total of three separate times I’d estimate probably about 20-35 minutes apart. (I was watching TV and didn’t have my phone w/me to check the task off. My normal dosage is 60 mg a day and I’m 14 years old. (It should by this point be fairly evident why it is that I have to be on 60 mg a day (1 30 mg tablet in the mornings usually about 7:30am, and then another 30 mg tablet when I get home from school about 4:45. Anyway, it’s now like 6 am and I haven’t slept at all (I have insomnia so I’m used to that) and I’m also used to the sick to the stomach hypertense feeling of having taken 2 or 3 pills by accident IN THE AFTERNOON but I didn’t eat anything yesterday so pretty much completely empty stomach and the whole nausea hypertension thing is a lot worse, I’m not gonna OD (I’ve actually been on WAY higher doses then right now and was fine, but I was wondering if u knew of anything that help with the stomach, (whenever this happens it takes like 3 days for the Aderall to exit my system and I generally lose 2 or 3 pounds from being so f*****g hyper and never slowing down and while I do need to lose some weight, this isn’t really what I had in mind. (If it helps, I play the saxaphone, and whenever I’m coming down off a dose like this, like the next day, I can’t play because when I try to blow steadily into my instrument I can’t because my diaphragm and stomach are shaking)

Debbie
12:05 am February 11th, 2013

I have a friend of mine who called me in concern for her grandchild. He is 10 years old now and has been on Adderall for 5 years. Last year, he developed mild muscle tics in his right shoulder and right arm. She called the doctor and immediately told her to stop the adderall, and she did. This was 6 months ago. These simple muscle tics has led to more severe tics only on his right side. His knee going up to his chest. His right arm flailing, facial tics, excessive humming. When she returned to the doctor for more answers, he explained that he was born with tics. And because he was reaching puberty, they were just coming out. I’m not a doctor, however I am a teacher at a school that he attended for the first 5 years. Last year he moved to Grand Island as a healthy young boy, and know cries because he can’t stop ticcing. (Also, I’m not sure what dosage he was taking, but she found out that the dosage was higher than what’s prescribed by an adult) Could Adderall cause this much damage to a young boy? Especially if he had too much? Please reply and if you could advise what to do, we would very much appreciate it.

12:21 pm February 11th, 2013

Hello Debbie. It is possible that the boy has a pre-existing condition of tics. However, Adderall contains a general precaution regarding patients with tics and Tourette’s syndrome. Check out the following FDA website for more information. You can file a complaint with the FDA and get in touch with a neurologist for follow up diagnosis and treatment.

http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch/SafetyInformation/ucm233812.htm

Brian R.
8:15 pm April 30th, 2013

I weigh about 145 lbs, I’m 5’9″, and 19 years old. I took 40mg of adderall at about 6p.m last night. I experienced intense headaches and stomach pains accompanied with nausea. After getting no sleep i started to vomit at about 8 a.m this morning and have been feeling nauseous every since. I have only taken adderall once before.

8:28 am May 9th, 2013

Hello Brian. I’d suggest that you report these symptoms to a doctor…and check in with a pharmacist to confirm how often similar symptoms occur for other Adderall users. Do you have a prescription for Adderall or were you just trying it out?

curiouskitty
7:17 pm September 17th, 2013

ampheta s/combo 30mgtab barr would 750 mg be fatal in a 6hr period

10:40 am September 19th, 2013

Hello curious…Call 1-800-222-1222 to be connected directly with the Poison Control Center who can advise about possible poisoning.

calvin
2:38 pm November 3rd, 2013

Hey, im very concerned I might have possibly overdosed and not known. First and foremost I weigh 150 pounds I stand at 5ft 11in. I was on 70mg of adderall xr everyday for 2 weeks straight, my main concern is if this is enough to cause brain damage? I had many of the symptoms of an overdose the last day of the 2 week period I was taking it…. did I possibly od? Also I was not taking it to get high I was taking it for exams I had the last 2 weeks of school. I don’t want to see a doctor about this because I plan on going to the military and this would automatically disqualify me from getting in. Feed back and answers to my two questions would be much appriechiated, thanks!

11:06 am November 4th, 2013

Hello Calvin. Hmmm. I have not heard of brain damage as an outcome of amphetamine use at high doses. However, you can call the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 or contact a local pharmacist for more information,. Given that you’ll be applying for the military, you’ll probably have a full physical and be evaluated for cognition, at which point you can also see the results of where you are in terms of mental ability.

JoeShmoe
1:05 am February 21st, 2014

My sister took five 10mg Adderall and she weighs about 125 and is 15 years old my mom and her are on the way to the hospital, will she be okay?

10:29 am February 25th, 2014

Hello Joe. You must be worried about your sister! Adderall overdose can be treated by administering medications. Standard management of stimulant overdose includes neuroleptics, but benzodiazepines can also be used to control possible delirium and agitation. You can read more about the treatment protocols here:

http://www.chce.research.va.gov/docs/pdfs/Doaacutetreatment.pdf

How is your sister doing now?

Paulette Grommes
2:04 am February 27th, 2014

I’ve taken 25 20mg over ghe past 3 days…..is that an overdose?

11:57 am February 27th, 2014

Hello Paulette. Please call the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 for help in identifying, diagnosing, and getting medical recommendations for this dosing.

Lucky
4:20 pm March 22nd, 2014

Let me begin with this is 100% true and I thank God that it did not turn out much worse. Among numerous other meds prescribed by my psychiatrist I was on 30mg of Adderal as needed up to 3 times a day. In a suicide attempt I took over 200 30mg pills along with over 100 other pills including Ritalin, Intuniv, etc and a magnum of wine. Amazingly, I survived with no current visable side-effects. PLEASE be careful with this medicine!

Paulette Grommes
8:09 pm April 1st, 2014

I’m prescribed 60 mg of adderall a day in less than 24 hours i’ve taken 200 mg. i feel fine just getting hot and sweating alot. I have abused meth and adderall in the past I have a high tolerance.

Laura
6:48 pm April 13th, 2014

Hi guys! Wow, Lucky you’re very fortunate! Might not be if you tried again, & i hope you have sought out & received the help you need to be OK! ?

Pauline: i also always had a high tolerance to drugs & back in the day, I also abused Meth ,& all kinds C2 Rx drugs lol) tho 0 @ sametimesame time tho. Diagnxd w/ adult adhd so my Pdoc rx’d three 30mg tablets daily. Pfff i never followed that! Did I mention @ the time I was tiny like about 120 lbs & only 5’4. Also w/ extra tabs. the night was more fun & exciting. Lol. Also, for sure I always sweat too, & usually pretty hot, I was still maintainimg work & staying upright, LOL! & & did very well @ my job! Well 1 night & lucky was just standing on a rubber mat–& I blacked out & when i awoke, had soppimg wet pants & a sore tongue from biting on it hard during the Grand Mal Seizure. Lucky didn’t go into coma post g.m seizure & not wake up cuz that can happen on Adderall OD as well. in ER dr knew was from my Adderall Rx cuz he’s all you took too much Adderall, didn’t you? I said yep & shut up. Did you most addicts w/various drug choice say seizures are ‘par for the course’?

Lastly, I had never OD’d even once during 3 yrs chronic meth use! Honest to God! Peace out!

Jamill waugaman
5:09 am May 1st, 2014

I need a quick response please some one. I’m 15 bout to turn 16 on June 10th i have ADHD and i use to take adderall but they took me off it 5 months ago and i haven’t touched it since until today. I have adderall xr and my prescription was 30mg. I took 3 pills out of the bottle and gulped them down with some water. I’m having some serious side effects such as dry mouth. Shaking. Chest pain. I am constipated. Numbness trough my face and my legs. I took all three of them about 6:30 so far it’s been about 6 hours since i have taking them and I’m worried that i might die BECUASE of od.

1:48 pm May 2nd, 2014

Hello Jamill. Call 1-800-222-1222 to get in touch with the Poison Control Center to assess your risk of overdose and to get suggestions for how and when to seek medical help.

Eddy
10:23 pm June 20th, 2014

I took a total of 90 mg of xr adderal over the span of 2 days. Now I feel sick to my stomach and all dried out and my side hurts. I haven’t gotten any sleep and didn’t eat hardly anything. I am 145 pounds and age 23 and I took it to get hi. Am I going to die or whats going on with me ?

Ivana @ Addiction Blog
2:58 pm June 24th, 2014

Hello Eddy. The dose you took is not considered to be lethal by doctors. However, your symptoms are on the list of side effects from Adderall, including your sleeping problems (insomnia), dry mouth, abdominal pain, loss of appetite. Medical professionals advise people to stop using the medication and call their doctor upon experiencing any of those side effects. You should definitely see your doctor ASAP.

Gracie
4:40 am July 13th, 2014

Adderall withdraws are horrid. THEY SUCK.

Lexie
9:07 am August 16th, 2014

I’m lexie I’m 15 I weigh 130 pounds and I took 2 15 mg adderall and now I’m laying in bed and I can see my heart beating out of my chest but I feel fine what should I do ?

dave
10:35 pm August 17th, 2014

Hi…I take a 20 mg of adderall in the morning and another 20 mg at noon and then at 5:30. I take a 30 mg tab is that yo much to take in 1 day I’m 5 ‘ 11 255 lbs plz let me know thanks for your time

10:05 am August 18th, 2014

Hello Dave. Please check in with your prescribing doctor or a pharmacist about the limits that are best for you, personally.

Ivana @ Addiction Blog
11:02 am August 19th, 2014

Hi Lexie. When someone takes adderall, the heart rate and blood pressure can increase. Another side effect you may experience are palpitations of the heart. Tell your parents and have them take you to a doctor for examination.

Nessa
3:40 pm August 25th, 2014

My 23month old just found my 6year olds meds and took 10mg. I cant get him to the ER what should i do?

Ivana @ Addiction Blog
6:27 am September 2nd, 2014

Nessa, act fast! Call 911 or get to the ER somehow. He needs medical assistance ASAP.

Connie
6:27 am September 5th, 2014

Hi. I am a 14 year old girl, 116 lbs and 5 feet tall. I do not have ADHD but but I don’t focus on cyberschool very well and was introduced to adderall about a year ago to help me focus. I would take half of a 20 mg pill once a day and it would do the trick. After school was out I stopped taking them but school has started again so I have started taking the adderall again. At around 1:15 in the morning on Sept. 4th, I took a whole 20 mg because I was a bit behind on work. This kept me awake all night before I decided to get some rest at around 10:00 am. But at midnight on Sept. 5 (tonight) I took half of a generic pink pill which is 15 mg I think and it’s making me feel very odd. I’m actually very tired and not alert like usual. I have a killer headache and my head also feels very heavy. My heartrate is fairly normal though. Basically I’m just incredibly worried that I have overdosed on adderall. I don’t know if the previous 20 mg pill was out of my system by the time that I took the 15 mg. I really just need to know if I’ll be okay or not.

Mandy
1:16 pm September 8th, 2014

Hi… my fiancé recently passed away and we just received the toxicology report saying that his levels of Adderall were just above the lethal dose. They said his was 550 (blood level) and 500 is lethal dose. My question is he only took a total of 5 30mg tablets that day and I read on your site that a lethal dose is over 1000mgs so if he only had 150mg how was this a lethal dose? Why did the medical examiner say that, who is correct?

Ivana @ Addiction Blog
7:52 am September 10th, 2014

Hi Connie. You can Call 1-800-222-1222 to get in touch with the Poison Control Center. You will talk to a poison expert over the phone, and he/she will help you assess the risk of overdose and to get suggestions for how and when to seek medical help.

irina2525
2:02 pm September 13th, 2014

Can u OD on ritilian and still survive I took 1400mg of Ritalin yesterday at 3:30 and I got shaky like an hour later and then that same night I couldn’t sleep at all,that night and i had more symptoms like dry mouth and sweating and then I was going to the bathroom like crazy taking like these really long pees and today I’m just shaky and I regret because I still want to live and I only did it because I get abused from my mom but its like 18-19 hours later what should i do please respond to this as fast as possible and I don’t want her to know I overdoesed please help me I am really regretting me doing this now because I know relizes that I’m really worth it

I’m 14 and I, wiegh only 102 and now my hands are getting numb again. Oh yeah, last night they got numb please help thanks and will I,survive if I don’t get help like is it even worth it still a mean I’m not sure what to do. Because its been almost 24 please help

Ivana @ Addiction Blog
9:00 am September 15th, 2014

Hello Irina2525. See the number in the comments above? Call the Poison Control Center on 1-800-222-1222. It’s over-the-phone and free. You’ll tell the poison expert on the other end of the line what you took, how much and what’s happening now. They’ll tell you what to do next.

Dev24
10:54 pm October 6th, 2014

I took one 30mg of Adderall and experienced what others have said. I took one about 3pm and at 2am that night. Bam! I was pissing every 15min palms were getting sweaty. My hands and feet got numb and tingly. And my heart was beating not really fast. But hard! Then it would beat out of rhythm and I had short breaths as if I was on a freefall ride. I accepted the fact I was gonna die that night. Said my prayers and passed out. But I woke up and here iam! BE CAREFUL WITH THAT STUFF! LOL

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