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Adderall withdrawal signs

Think a loved one is withdrawing from Adderall (amphetamine salts)? Planning to withdraw from Adderall yourself? If so, continue here to learn more about Adderall withdrawal signs and how they will affect you. If you still have questions about chemical dependence on Adderall or getting help for Adderall addiction after reading the full article, leave your feedback in the comments box below and we will get back to you personally as soon as possible.

Signs of Adderall withdrawal

When do signs of Adderall withdrawal manifest? Onset of side effects from Adderall withdrawal will appear shortly after your last dose of Adderall has worn off. These symptoms usually peak 48-72 hours afterwards when they are at their worst. It is during this time that you run the risk of seizures, fatigue, depression and increased heart rate. How long do signs of Adderall withdrawal last?

Withdrawal periods affect each person differently, but in general, withdrawal symptoms can last several weeks to several months depending on your level of dependence and how you stop taking Adderall. Once you have taken care of the physical symptoms, you may still have to battle drug cravings and psychological need fro Adderall (especially if you think you may have an addiction to Adderall). These effects make it hard not to take Adderall again so you don’t have to feel the effects of withdrawal.

Overall signs of Adderall withdrawal include:

  • abdominal pain
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • drug craving
  • dysphoria
  • fatigue
  • increased heart rate
  • insomnia
  • mood swings
  • paranoiapanic
  • seizures

First signs of Adderall withdrawal

The first signs of Adderall withdrawal can be the most painful and the most uncomfortable. You can expect them to happen quickly after Adderall has worn off in the body. You can begin to see signs of withdrawal a few hours after missing a dose. These symptoms can peak in about 24 hours and last for another couple of hours before they even out. But once you get through the first signs of withdrawal you have made it past the worst. For people who abuse Adderall, they can also expect to see signs of withdrawal after Adderall has worn off. The first signs of Adderall withdrawal include:

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  • abdominal pain
  • flu and cold like symptoms
  • nausea/vomiting
  • seizures

Early signs of Adderall withdrawal

Early signs of Adderall withdrawal will continue to appear after acute withdrawal has worn off. For the next couple of weeks, signs of withdrawal mirror flu-like symptoms. You can also expect to feel fatigue and have a hard time with your sleep schedule. This is the time you generally experience psychological signs of withdrawal. These signs can last for a couple of weeks before your body comes back to normal. If you are tapering your Adderall dose, the withdrawal period may take longer. But the signs of Adderall withdrawal are generally less severe and intense during a taper. Early signs of Adderall withdrawal include:

  • anxiety
  • depression
  • panic attacks
  • trouble sleeping

Late signs of Adderall withdrawal

For the most part, Adderall withdrawal resolves within a month’s time. After a couple of months, your body will have regulated the chemistry in the body. It will no longer feel like you need Adderall to function. However, ADHD symptoms can come back. Plus, you may still experience mood regulatory issues that continue to affect you. Furthermore, people who abuse and are addicted to Adderall may still have to contend with drug cravings and triggers that spike their need for the drug. This late sign ofAdderall withdrawal affects your brain’s and its need to use amphetamines again for pleasant effects.

Signs and symptoms of Adderall withdrawal treatment

How do you treat the signs and symptoms of Adderall withdrawal? There are several options and you will have to treat your Adderall withdrawal signs at every stage of the process. You can think of your withdrawal process as being in three stages; acute, middle, and late signs of withdrawal. You can seek medical professional help as well as medications that can assist in aiding withdrawal. Below are the stages and possible ways you can treat the signs and symptoms of Adderall withdrawal:

Acute: During this phase, Adderall withdrawal is at its most painful. Here, nausea, vomiting and the more severe signs of seizures and any heart problems are possible. During this phase you may think of withdrawing at a detox facility. They can help monitor and administer medications for any signs of complication. You can also be in a treatment facility. They can not only help with detox but also address the other points in the withdrawal process.

Mid term: This phase lasts for a few weeks. You can expect to feel fatigue and experience lethargy. Abdominal cramps and feeling generally under the weather are also expected. You may also experience signs of depression and anxiety. You can treat most symptoms with over-the-counter medication that can help take care of the cold and flu like symptoms. Sometimes doctors may recommend and suggest medications for depression or anxiety.

Late: After a couple of months, your body should be back to normal. However, resurgence of withdrawal signs may manifest. Most of them will be attached to your mood. You may still have issues with fatigue and sleeping in general. You will need to get yourself on a sleeping schedule and things like exercise and alternative therapies like acupuncture can help you to ease signs of withdrawal that come up.

Questions about Adderall withdrawal signs

Still have questions about Adderall withdrawal? Post your comment below and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Reference Sources: NIDA: Stimulant ADHD Medications: Methylphenidate and Amphetamines
National Institute of Drug Abuse: Prescription and over the counter medications 
ADP: Stimulant Withdrawal 
NCBI: Withdrawal from chronic amphetamine

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12 Responses to “Adderall withdrawal signs
Jason
5:29 pm November 4th, 2014

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Terry
4:05 am November 8th, 2014

I just want to know more about the specifics of some of these symptoms. I’ve been on adderall IR 30mg for about 6 months now and have decided to quit 2 days ago. So far I have serious trouble sleeping caused by continuous of short hot flashes and chills throughout the night (is this normal under the symptoms of trouble sleeping and insomnia listed above?). Also, my body is much more susceptible to the cold weather (I’m assuming this is the cold/flu-like symptom).

10:54 am November 24th, 2014

Hi Terry. What you are feeling are withdrawal symptoms. Your organism got accustomed to the presence of addreall, and is now reacting in all the ways you described. While these effects tend to persist a while, you can talk to a pharmacist to get some OTC’s that can treat individual symptoms.

Kat
6:22 pm November 30th, 2014

I have only been taking Adderall for a few weeks. For background, though, I was a methamphetamine addict, from 13-19 (I am almost 31). I am female, have been a type-1 diabetic since 17 and ADD since forever. The same time I started taking Adderall, I also began having symptoms of gastroparesis (AKA, everything on your acute withdrawal list). The one day I didn’t take the adderall, however, I also didn’t vomit. Is it possible that my body begins withdrawing from the adderall (20mg pills, three a day = 1 at 8, 1 at 12 and one at 4) after a very short time – within 30 mins – due to the fact that I abused very very large amounts of crystal methamphetamine in my past? Or is it just my body rejecting it? Or is it possible that the gastroparesis started the same week I started adderall? (Dr. Appt. on Monday. Just thought I’d see what your opinion was first!)

3:23 pm December 9th, 2014

Hi Kat. I apologize for the late response. How did the doctor’s appointment go?

DG
8:29 pm December 12th, 2014

adderall and all psychostimulant withdrawals is possibly more psychologically devastating than opiate withdrawal..Reason is this; Amphetamines increase dynorphins. Dynorphins are the exact opposite of the feel good endorphins that the opiate receptors give off. There seems to be a connection between levels of amphetamine addiction that leads eventually to an increase in these dynorphins because of the interaction between the Kappa opiate receptor which is where dynorphins bind to and the dopaminergic system(nucleus accumbens, prefrontal cortex).within certain part of the brain that stores dopamine neurons. Hence, when one withdraws from adderall, they get Dysphoria(Name derived from Dynorphins)
Science has been researching this now for some time, and it seems there is a very strong connection with the Kappa opiate receptors role on the VTA>

DG
8:39 pm December 12th, 2014

As crazy as this may seem Suboxone, is a partial mu agonist/Kappa antagonist. Research shows that agents with kappa antagonism could be extremely useful to treat all types of addiction While one must be under supervision, suboxone will sttabilizes the serotonergic and dopaminergic neurons when one is addicted to any stimulant. It does decrease cravings, and reverses learned helplessness from chronic dependence one built using stimulants.
Furthermore, I am really upset that science clearly shows that even low dosages of amphetamine salts taken for long periods of time even orally, can disrupt the reward circuit. I’ve gone through opiate withdrawals. THe physical is much worse. However, with adderall, psychologically, the dysphoria for me was unbearable I relaped a couple of times. Dysphoria is much different than typical depression. Dysphoria is utter restlessness, nervousness, bored, and total lack of motivation. Something I hope will be done when further research shows how devastating adderall and other forms of stimulants are actually doing to our neurons throughout our brain.

Mamdy
10:40 am March 15th, 2015

Yes hello…my son has started taking Adderall 5mg once in the morning, once at lunch. He then takes .1 Cl
Clonidine

Amir
4:28 am January 2nd, 2016

Hello, I’m 21 and i’ve been on Adderall Xr for almost 4 years now. I have ADHD and struggle with depersonalization and derealization disorder because of a bad concussion i had in 2011 because of that I’ve had a hard time focusing so I started taking Adderall Xr everyday straight for 4 years just so I can stay focus and have feelings of reality.. Now I’m at the point where I can’t function with out Adderall.. Adderall helped me at first but now it’s slowly destroying me mentally and physically and I don’t like that. I’ve experienced things like slurred speech, my teeth are overlapping because of Adderall, hair is falling apart, panic attacks, depression, my face looks like a crack head, my skin itches all over sometimes, and I just feel horrible there are many things I can go on about.. This drug might of helped me in school it might of solved 1 problem, but added 100… My family doctor isn’t much of help all he does is offer me more drugs like antidepressants and I don’t want that I’m tired of drugs I don’t want anymore drugs.. I just want answers and to be healthy again.. I took a break from adderal Xr (cold turkey) it’s been two weeks and I’ve been eating 24/7, sleeping like crazy, very aggressive like when I get mad ill break anything I have no control I was never like this my dm silt thinks I’m crazy now, I feelings of The deattachmentI, everything around me feels like a dream I feel really cold, numb, can’t fall asleep at night and I’m very depressed.. I do plan on taking Adderall again because of school.. I need help and answers plz I’m 21 what do I do where can I seek support and answers.. I want to slowly give up Adderall because I feel addicted to it.. I need help and I’m very desperate

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
4:53 pm January 5th, 2016

Hi, Amir. I suggest you consult a professional (an addiction specialist or a doctor) to help you plan an individualized tapering schedule just for you. Also, consider using over-the-counter medication to ease withdrawal symptoms. Good luck!

Joana
10:16 pm February 21st, 2016

I found I have heart disease and quit taking adderall 60mg per day abruptly.. I am now on day5 and my heart is racing continually.. Resting rate 72 per min.. My brother recently died from heart attack, I have had one myself.. Should I wait this out or seek help??

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