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Adderall withdrawal treatment: How to treat Adderall withdrawal


ARTICLE OVERVIEW: Like many drugs, Adderall carries a high risk of dependence. In this article, we’ll review the effects and the best ways to treat symptoms. Keep reading and learn more about it. Then, we invite you to leave your questions at the end.


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Effects of Withdrawal from Adderall

Adderall works by calming the brain’s process to heighten concentration and focus for people with ADHD. For people without ADHD, it creates a hyper focus and a high. But is also comes with some negative side effects. Not only can amphetamines induce tolerance, they can also be habit forming. This means that the brain adapts to them over time…and needs the drug to function normally.

How does Adderall work?

The first thing that you need to know is this this drug increases the activity of the brain chemicals dopamine and norepinephrine. Dopamine affects feelings of pleasure. Norepinephrine affects blood vessels, blood pressure and heart rate, blood sugar, and breathing. So, it stimulates the release of these neurotransmitters…and causes stimulating effects!
When you adapt to stimulants like Adderall, the brain actually produces its own chemical signals to “slow down” or “depress” certain functions. It does this so that it can continue to work. But, when your brain has become used to Adderall and then no longer has it…it takes time to re-balance.

Withdrawal is a process during which the body starts to function without the presence of Adderall after a period of chemical dependence on amphetamines.

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So when the person stops taking Adderall after daily dosing, s/he feels completely differently.  Side effects of Adderall withdrawal include changes in the mental state. Mental clarity becomes lethargy. Mental alertness becomes fatigue. The pain of withdrawal can have an effect on the process, making it difficult to stay off Adderall.

Duration

Symptoms of withdrawal from Adderall or other stimulants can start as early as a few hours after the effect has worn off. And the length of time until withdrawal stops can vary from weeks to months later. In fact, it can take days to weeks to completely remove Adderall from the system when you’ve developed physical dependence on Adderall. The duration of Adderall withdrawal usually will depend on a few factors such as your:

  • Age
  • Gender
  • General health
  • Physical fitness
  • Dosing amounts
  • Frequency of doses
  • Amount of time you’ve been taking Adderall

It is important to note that because Adderall is a stimulant, withdrawal symptoms can be delayed. Therefore, it may take several weeks to months to no longer feel the effects of withdrawal symptoms.

Common Symptoms

To know how to treat Adderall withdrawal, it is important to recognize withdrawal from Adderall symptoms. You may experience any of the following:

  • Abdominal pain.
  • Anhedonia (loss of interest in pleasurable activities).
  • Anxiety.
  • Depression.
  • Drug craving.
  • Fatigue.
  • Increased heart rate.
  • Insomnia.
  • Memory impairment.
  • Mood swings.
  • Paranoia.
  • Panic.
  • Seizures.

Because Adderall gives the person the edge that needs to get through the day, it can be hard to stop using Adderall. In fact, sleep, energy, and mood are affected the most during Adderall withdrawal and can be difficult to stabilize. Adderall withdrawal symptoms, in particular intense craving, may be a critical factor leading to relapse to amphetamine use.

Protracted Symptoms

The symptoms above are what is known as “acute withdrawal”, and will usually resolve themselves in 1-2 weeks. However, those recovering from stimulant abuse may also experience a post-acute withdrawal syndrome (also known as PAWS or protracted withdrawal). The most common PAWS for Adderall include:

  • Fatigue.
  • Mood disorders, especially anxiety and depression.
  • Sleep disturbances.
  • The inability to experience pleasure, anhedonia.

In the case of Adderall PAWS, withdrawal symptoms can persist for months or years, long after the drug has left the body. The causes of PAWS are generally not well understood; however, symptoms of PAWS are thought to reflect long-lasting changes in the brain caused by drug abuse. There is no standard treatment for PAWS, but anyone going through withdrawal should be aware that these symptoms are not permanent and will pass in time.

Timeline

Amphetamine withdrawal is largely subjective, but may be difficult to manage, particularly for friends and family members, due to mood swings. The initial phase of withdrawal syndrome (a.k.a. crashing) occurs as the stimulant effects wear off. These symptoms include:

  • Depressed mood (although some irritability even in the initial phase).
  • Overeating.
  • Prolonged sleeping.
  • Some cravings (not usually severe in this initial phase).

The initial phase may last one to two days and then is followed by a longer period of several days to weeks of:

  • Cravings.
  • Disturbed sleep.
  • Lethargy.
  • Mood changeability (irritability, depression, inability to experience pleasure).

Psychotic symptoms may emerge during the first one to two weeks, particularly if they were present during times of use.

Main Treatments

Treatment for amphetamine detox is based on behavioral therapies, including cognitive-behavioral therapy and contingency management (motivational incentives), can be effective in helping to treat people with prescription stimulant addiction. Cognitive-behavioral therapy helps modify the person’s drug-use expectations and behaviors, and it can effectively manage triggers and stress. Contingency management provides vouchers or small cash rewards for positive behaviors such as staying drug-free.

Medications that Help

Currently, there are no medicines approved for treating stimulant withdrawal, and because the physical withdrawal symptoms for stimulants are relatively mild, users will usually not usually require supportive medication during the withdrawal process. Still, some medications may be useful with some symptoms; however, remember, the mainstay of treatment is supportive care and counseling.

Main medications include:

Antidepressants have been used for abstinence-induced depression with some benefit, although the onset of action is delayed and the recurrence to use while taking antidepressants can cause hypertension or serotonin syndrome (set of symptoms caused by an excess of serotonin, a neurotransmitter important for good mood, sleep, nutrition, perception of pain and pleasure and sexual desire). Mirtazapine is used more frequently and has resulted in an improvement in symptoms. It can be continued for depressive symptoms if the response to treatment is evident.

Benzos and the short-term use of benzodiazepines (diazepam) and antipsychotics (olanzapine) for the control of irritability and agitation may be useful. Care must be taken since access to large quantities of medication can lead to dependence on benzodiazepines. These medications must be taken for a maximum of 7 to 10 days.

Modafinil (neurostimulant with properties to promote alertness) is also used and has been shown to improve some symptoms, but this is not an approved drug for amphetamine withdrawal treatment.


Most experts recommend a conservative taper of 10% of Adderall from the previous dosage every few weeks during withdrawal.


Tapering

The best way to withdraw from Adderall and to minimize the effects of withdrawal on the body is by tapering and reducing doses of Adderall slowly over time. It is also considered the safest way to withdraw from Adderall. Reducing doses slowly allows the body time to regulate itself and rewire the brain chemistry to cope without Adderall. This can take a long time and feel very slow, but hopefully as the Adderall is reduced the person will not feel the severity of the withdrawal symptoms and sometimes may feel none at all.

To minimize the risk of withdrawal symptoms, most experts recommend a conservative taper of 10% from the previous dosage every few weeks. The amount of the decrease keeps getting smaller. Some people find they can go faster and some people find they have to go slower; they can only tolerate decreases of a fraction of a milligram at a time.

Detox At Home?

Yes, you can detox from Adderall at home. Still, we suggest that you consult with a medical professional to supervise any home detox. This way, you can set up an individual tapering schedule and plan thoroughly. However, know that home detox does come with disadvantages.
When you detox alone, you face a number of risks, including:

  • Aggression.
  • Mood changes that may cause you to lash out at those you love.
  • Physical side effects that, if left untreated or when compounded on top of other serious medical conditions, can turn dangerous. For instance, a person with an arrhythmia or pre-existing heart valve condition may experience dangerous heart rate changes as he or she goes through withdrawal.
  • Psychological distress that can cause you to harm yourself or others.
  • Relapse.

How to best treat Adderall withdrawal symptoms depends on which symptoms you experience; focus on your symptoms and treat accordingly. Fatigue is a typical symptom that will need to be treated, as you will go through bouts of prolonged sleep and insomnia. Getting on a schedule and regulating your sleep will need to be a priority in order to treat Adderall withdrawal. Take care of the aches and pains that pop up while you are at home. Also having someone you can talk to throughout this process can help your overall success.

Medical Detox

While it is possible to withdraw from Adderall at home, some users prefer the supportive environment of a professional, medically monitored environment. Addiction professionals at a detox facility can help with the depression, anxiety, and insomnia that often accompany detox from this drug. Also, being in a supervised facility can help eliminate the danger of relapsing during this period of intense drug craving.

Who Uses Adderall?

Some people take prescription stimulants to try to improve mental performance. Teens and college students sometimes misuse them to try to get better grades, and older adults misuse them to try to improve their memory. However, this is considered misuse of the stimulant drug. Even the FDA warns against the high potential for abuse in the FDA-approved Adderall drug label. How many people does this affect?

In 2016, an estimated 1.7 million people aged 12 or older, or 0.6 percent of this population, were current misusers of stimulants. The 2016 NSDUH, or National Survey on Drug Use and Health, further estimated that 540,000 people aged 12 or older could be diagnosed with addiction to stimulants in the past year. This CBS News Summary reported that Adderall use was still on the rise, especially among young people.
So, if you think you’re alone…you are not!

You need to know that taking prescription stimulants for reasons other than treating ADHD or narcolepsy could lead to harmful health effects, such as addiction, heart problems, or psychosis. When people overdose on a prescription stimulant, they most commonly experience several different symptoms, including restlessness, tremors, overactive reflexes, rapid breathing, confusion, aggression, hallucinations, panic states, abnormally increased fever, muscle pains and weakness.

People often view Adderall and other prescription medicines as “safe” compared with illicit drugs because they are dispensed by professionals and there is less stigma associated with taking a pill than snorting or injecting drugs. Abusing Adderall at high doses, or for long periods of time, can produce even more dangerous effects like stroke, heart attack, or feelings of hostility and paranoia.

And if you think you have a problem with Adderall, you probably do.

Signs of a Drug Problem

Can Adderall use lead to substance use disorder and addiction? Yes, misuse of prescription stimulants can lead to a substance use disorder (SUD), which takes the form of addiction in severe cases. Addiction develops when continued use of the drug causes issues, such as health problems and failure to meet responsibilities at work, school, or home. Main signs of a problem include:

  1. Being unable to quit Adderall and stay quit.
  2. Continued use despite problems at home or work or with health.
  3. Cravings.

Concerns should be discussed with a health care provider. Addiction is a medical condition! It is treated medically. You are NOT alone.

Dependence vs. Addiction

It is important to understand the meaning of dependence, and addiction when discussing substance abuse and the use of prescription medications such as Adderall.

Dependence means that when a person stops using a drug, their body goes through withdrawal: a group of physical and mental symptoms that can range from mild to life-threatening. Many people who take a prescription medicine every day over a long period of time can become dependent; when they go off the drug, they need to do it gradually, to avoid withdrawal discomfort. But people who are dependent on a drug or medicine aren’t necessarily addicted.

Addiction is a chronic disease characterized by compulsive, or uncontrollable, drug seeking and use despite harmful consequences and changes in the brain, which can be long lasting. These changes in the brain can lead to the harmful behaviors seen in people who use drugs. Drug addiction is also a relapsing disease. Relapse is the return to drug use after an attempt to stop.

The path to drug addiction begins with the voluntary act of taking drugs. But over time, a person’s ability to choose not to do so becomes compromised. Seeking and taking the drug becomes compulsive. This is mostly due to the effects of long-term drug exposure on brain function.

Misuse

As a prescription stimulant, Adderall can be used to effectively manage medical conditions by helping users remain alert and focused. But misuse is common. When misusing a prescription stimulant, people can swallow the medicine in its normal form. Alternatively, they can crush tablets or open the capsules, dissolve the powder in water, and inject the liquid into a vein. Some can also snort or smoke the powder.

Most prescription stimulants come in tablet, capsule, or liquid form, which a person takes by mouth. Misuse of a prescription stimulant means:

  • Taking medicine in a way or dose other than prescribed.
  • Taking medicine only for the effect it causes, to get high.
  • Taking someone else’s medicine.

The abuse of Adderall is rising fast according to the Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN), which tracks drug-related visits to emergency rooms across the country. In 2013, DAWN reported 17,000 Adderall-related visits to emergency departments in 2011, an increase of 650% over the number in 2004.

Your Questions

Still have questions about Adderall withdrawal treatment? Would you like to know more? Please ask any questions you may have and we will try to get back to you personally and promptly.

Reference Sources: FDA: Adderall
NCBI: Treatment for amphetamine withdrawal
NIDA: Principles of drug addiction treatment
NIDA: Prescription stimulants
SA HEALTH: Amphetamine withdrawal management
SAMHSA: Protracted withdrawal
TOXNET: Amphetamine

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40 Responses to “Adderall withdrawal treatment: How to treat Adderall withdrawal
Christa Ann Maxson
2:30 pm July 26th, 2013

I have been taking adderall 30mg. 3 times a day.for 2 years.I am also on other meds.My Husband shot me then himself.When I was shot.It sharted My sholder.They could not take the bullet fragments out.I have been on xanax 2mg 4 times a day.zolpht 100mg 1 time a day.rockdone 30 mg 2 times a day.methdone 20 mg 3 times a day.I have been i these thing for 6 years.I have been on fentanyl 50mg for 3 months.befor the 3 months.i was on fentanal 75mg for a little over a year.every doctor i talk to says it will take time.they must decresses slowly.do you think this is the best way.they all say it could take up to a year to decrees.does this sound correct to you.t/y chrisa maxson

9:54 am August 14th, 2013

Hello Christa Ann. Given the extent of your injury and the associated complications, I think it’s best to follow the advice of your prescribing doctors. I think that they are probably concerned about possible pain, and want a very slow taper to allow your body to react. Have you asked them about the reasons why a 12 month taper has been recommended?

Teri
1:20 pm February 27th, 2014

Our 28y/o daughter has been living with us as she is going through a divorce. Her life has become a turmoil and a big factor is abuse of Adderall. She began taking it her jr. year of college- never been diagnosed with ADD. We have left many messages to the psychiatrist regarding the issue.After months of running out 5-10days and crashing, her psychiatrist supposedly told her to have us give her her 60mg/day. Feeling helpless , wefound her persciption and have not filled the meds. She is off for 14 days (as of today) sleeping most of day and rages for us not getting the meds. Since she has gone cold turkey is it beneficial to continue or allow 20 mg/ day broken up into small doses. She is to work the next 4 days and says she will be unable to work without Adderall. She admits she has a problem ,but manipulating us that she will wean off but not ready.. She sees a counselor for anxiety and takes lexipro and clonipin(when needed). We have encouraged her to go to Celebration Recovery or a in house. She is refusing. Should we continue with the cold turkey or should we give her 20 mg/ day with the ultimatium of weaning off and attending a treatment program?

10:11 am February 28th, 2014

Hello Teri. That’s a very tough situation you’re in. But the family dynamic and relationships sound complex. What I would suggest is that you seek the help of a certified psychologist who specializes in addiction treatment within family systems. You’ll all need to go for help, but a psychologist can give you and your loved ones guidance on what to do, as well as how to address possible dysfunction in the family unit. I wish you ALL OF THE BEST. Luv, Lee

Heather
10:48 pm October 28th, 2014

I have taken aderrall off and on for 7 years. I have quit cold turkey and always returned to it. If you struggle with addiction this drug is not your friend. I sought recovery from street drugs in my early 20’s and turned to medications for the answer and relief. Mistake! I’m now wrestling addiction to pills that were supposed to make me well. Sad that we find ourselves in these situations when the initial detox from illicit drugs would’ve been much easier… I have become manic, essentially when I take an entire prescribed dose – 40mgs… there is a tremendous difference in my mental state when cut in half to 20mgs although I feel lethargic and my body screams for more…. I have read a lot about this and being successful. During pregnancies I was able to do it cold turkey and slept a lot, like dead to the world for days… once again I am in an attempt to see if the turmoil and uumanageability in my life subsidies without the adderall….go cold turkey if you can handle that but I am finding it much better to wean down and accept the minimal withdrawal as opposed to the seeing red rage and fog and panic/fear that comes on from dropping off a therapeutic dose. I am at 20mgs after 50mgs for the past 2 years. I also take klonopin to ease the anxiety because although you are so exhausted you are also a nervous and furious wreck – hence, no peace at all. It doesn’t need to be a very long plan. I am going for a month to get off of it without affecting my kids, job etc. Expect withdrawal at half but if you want to be free of.it than hold onto that thought, hit NA mtgs, steer clear of stressors and find someone who is VERY balanced, trustworthy and nonjudgemental to assist you. I do suggest klonopin, valium and the lesser addictive benzos for peace of mind and go down by half amounts. You will feel proud of the efforts and excited about the positive changes too. You’ll need rest even taking half but in my case I am far less edgy and paranoid and not in a full tailspin cold turkey style. Each experience is different and very hard but each new day is your friend because u are getting closer and cleaner with time. I am scared but believe now is the time. I deal with the fear and anger as best I can and stay away from bad memories or situations as they trigger me to take a happy pill. Best of luck, hang in there, alanon mtgs for family who is struggling with their loved ones and remember that no matter what you can do it – don’t accept anything less than that from people in your life. They’re generally screwed up and terrified as well. Don’t be afraid to look to 12 step programs or God – this is a very powerful and addictive drug.

Matthew
8:05 am December 20th, 2014

Will they wean me off adderall or do cold turkey inhouse?

1:16 pm December 23rd, 2014

Hi Matthew. They can probably do both, it depends on what fits your needs best and your personal preferences. Either way, your health state will be monitored throughout the process, and medications will be at disposal if necessary…all in order to make the process as comfortable as possible.

teresa
6:58 pm March 23rd, 2015

My daughter is going through addral with drawals and she was not prescribe this she is very much hook. On this drug how can I help her she is not in good shape I’m very worried for her

12:00 pm March 26th, 2015

Hi Teresa. Since there are no medications that treat adderall withdrawal, you’d have to treat the separate symptoms accordingly. Potassium and zinc can help with the restlessness and agitation she may experience. For symptoms of fatigue, some people recommend caffeine in monitored quantities. Try to get her on a regular sleeping schedule, and stimulate her to exercise (this will help relegate endorphins in the body). You can bring her cold packs to help with the increase in body temperature, and try to get her into talk therapy, this can also help. Magnesium supplements have also been suggested to help make new cells in the body and activate B vitamins. During the late withdrawal phase, when depression may be present, antidepressants may be an appropriate choice for treatment. Don’t hesitate to seek professional help for your daughter, don’t blame yourself or her. Just be there to support her…it can get a lot better. Good luck to you both.

Ashley
10:31 pm April 14th, 2015

I am a week past quitting cold turkey after 3 years use, starting at 10mg and increased up to 50mg over The years. I had began taking anywhere from 60-90 mg everyday, and going through a week long crash cycle when they ran out.

I am on day 7 of no adderall, A place I’ve ended up a few times, but this time I’m not getting back on medication. It’s becoming too much of problem in my life, And every new script I promise myself that I will take it as prescribed this time, but never do. I need any words of encouragement, any tricks or tips for getting over this withdrawal as quickly and smoothly as possible using the cold turkey method. I would taper if I could, but I know I cannot control myself.

Thank you.

1:58 pm April 15th, 2015

Hi Ashley. I’d advise you to get into counseling and get some psychological support during this period. The physical withdrawal symptoms can be treated by other prescription or over-the-counter medications, but the need and cravings for Adderall require more dedicated efforts to beat. Support groups and therapy sessions can help you successfully deal with Addreall cravings, prevent relapse, and help you maintain long term sobriety.

karen
10:19 pm April 22nd, 2015

Ashley I’m doing the same thing. I’ve been on 60 mg of Adderall for many years I’m 57 and was diagnosed with osteoporosis when I was 47. After researching long term effects Adderall has on your bones I’m very surprised my doctor never caught this. I’m getting myself off of Adderall some how. So I’ve started taking 30mg every other day and take B!2, energy C pks , 20 drops of concentrace mineral drops in seltzer water daily, magnesium, and a softgel multiple vitamin.
I’m on day 5 so far the fatigue is manageable. I have no idea if I’m doing this right but my doctor seems very unease about my questions and has decided not to prescribe my Adderall anymore. So I did make an appointment with a psychiatrist for next week for an evaluation.

Amanda
6:42 pm May 15th, 2015

My doctor told me to stop taking my adderall because of adverse effects with my seizures. Now I can’t sleep and I’m having trouble breathing. What can I do?

4:44 pm May 19th, 2015

Hi Amanda. Any unwanted side effects should be reported to your doctor, so he can treat them accordingly.

wendy
3:36 am May 17th, 2015

Im very addicted to amphetamines and will run out tonight with no money for more. They ruined my health and my life the crashes are killing me slowly. What can I do?

2:37 pm May 22nd, 2015

Hi Wendy. Please seek help and support from medical professionals. Detox from adderall or other medications that contain amphetamines can be quite rough. You can call the helpline number displayed on our site to seek professional help.

Joe
8:48 am June 15th, 2015

Hi, I have been taking on average 60 mg of adderall about 4 times a week for the past 5 months (also drank about 6 cups of coffee a day)in order to finish grad school and pass all of the cpa exams. I just finished grad school and the cpa exams and have this summer to relax and get ready for word
1)I was wondering how long the withdrawl should last
2) I’ve gone cold turkey for about 12 days and still feel completely fatigue
Any advice?
Thanks

Jodie
4:41 pm June 28th, 2015

I have been prescribed adderall for about a year now but for the past month I have been taking way more than I’m prescribed and even getting it from my neighbors. There are no openings in hospitals where I live so I’m trying to wean myself off at home. My girlfriend is holding on to them and giving me less. I went from at least 90 mg a day to 30 mg a day. Is this safe? Is there any medication that can help with the withdrawal? I have to go back to work in two days and I don’t know how I’m going to function.

11:05 am June 29th, 2015

Hello Jodie. Sometimes short term anti-depressants can help with mood as well as over the counter medications that can help with the general aches and pains you are experiencing. Taking potassium and zinc can help with the restlessness and agitation you may experience, and also magnesium supplements have been suggested to help make new cells in the body and activate B vitamins. Avoid drinking coffee and caffeinated drinks, and get yourself on a regular sleeping schedule. What also may help is exercising to help relegate endorphins in the body, using cold packs to help with the increase in your body temperature, and talk therapy can also help. Hope this helps!

M
12:51 pm July 12th, 2015

please let me know if anyone has any words of advice. Currently starting the process of tapering off my 45 mg adderall dose I have been on for 5 years… Any help would be much appreciated!

🙂

sarah
10:35 pm July 15th, 2015

I am withdrawing from aderall and klonopin, so I’m taking valium and alcohol to help.

2:46 pm July 16th, 2015

Hi Sarah. Was the Valium prescribed by a doctor? I don’t believe alcohol is helping the combination.

S. Hallagan
2:39 am July 28th, 2015

I was prescribed and taking 60 mg adderral / day for the last 4 years.
I quit cold turkey 30 days ago.
I have had auditory hallucinations, terrible dreams, mood swings, increased bots of terrible and out of control hyperactivity, apathy, trouble focusing on anything at all. My cardiac rhythm is unpredictable. I have been in complete isolation, as all my contacts attribute my symptoms to extreme mental illness.
I am unable to finish even small tasks. I did make an appointment for a possible alternate ADHD med. Was this wise? If so, what on earth would I take? I am in recovery. sober 6 plus years. Terrified of addiction.
My goal is to have a clean life, get on track w/school and work. It seems that i have lost everything due to long term use of this and other psychiatric medications. Reaching out is not an option for me.
these acute withdrawals seem interminable; I feel hopeless and even found and took 2mg clonazapam that I found. drug seeking behavior?
I would really like some advice re: medications for severe depression, inability to focus or stay on track, fear, and anxiety-diseuphoria.

candy
9:54 pm August 17th, 2015

ive just started taking the Adderall, an it does wonders for me. after being severly depressed, it helps also to be motivated to get out of bed. but now I’m scared after reading all these post. I don’t plan on being on it forever but I also have to work an cant take off to be sick with withdrawals. if I keep myself at a low dose an take weekends off from the med will this help are the withdrawals as bad as everyone says they are

Bradley
7:31 am August 27th, 2015

I started taking Adderall in 2006. For most of the next 6 years my prescribed dose was 150mg per day. I had to quit the Adderall, along with 40mg Percocet and 40mg Oxycontin that I’d been taking daily for a couple of years, cold turkey in 2012 due to finances. Needless to say things got ugly. I can get by without the opiates, but not the Adderall. When I started seeing a new doctor several months later he understood the need, but would only prescribe 60mg per day. The original doctor has moved, and I cannot find another doctor anywhere that will prescribe over 60mg now. I have heard that once you build a tolerance to amphetamines, that tolerance doesn’t decrease, even after a long break. Is this true? Because I’ve felt like I’m in withdrawals or something the last 2 years I’ve been on the 60mg and apparently I’m never going to get back to my old dose. Am I screwed here?

Connie
2:26 am November 15th, 2015

My son is just coming off a four month period of using adderal. He was at 20 mgs a day, xr, sometimes 20 mgs of short term release in the afternoon. He is saying he is not feeling like himself. He just stopped today and was pleasant all day, but now not feeling well. Could this be withdrawal? If so what can I expect? What can we do to help. The adderall was making him anxious and angry.

6:25 pm November 16th, 2015

Hello Connie. Yes, your son might be experiencing withdrawal symptoms, so I suggest you seek medical help. His doctor could help him create a tapering schedule to lower daily doses of adderall as well as suggest over-the-counter medications to minimize or ease withdrawal symptoms.

Jackie
8:23 pm November 23rd, 2015

My friend had been prescribed 120 mg adderall per day for the last 10 years. He was taking more than prescribed and ran out 2 weeks into the month, then would switch to Vodka. Recent crisis (liver/kidney failure) forced him into giving it all up. He is struggling. He has been prescribed valium and an antidepressant. The fatigue is killing him and we have a nightly argument about how if I just get him a beer, everything will be fine. What can I do?

1:27 am November 27th, 2015

Hello Jackie. I’m sorry for your friend. I suggest you talk with him/her, and find a way to help. Maybe, s/he should try group therapy. Sometimes, just group support is all that we need. Good luck!

Joe
2:15 am March 1st, 2016

I was prescribed 20mg of adderrall XR which I’ve been taking for the past 4 months daily. At first, it was helping but it slowly started to alter my moods and my personality in general. I hate the way it makes me feel. I hate myself when I am on it. I found myself wanting to drink more when I was taking it, just to feel “normal”. I found myself craving other drugs just to feel less depressed.

Maybe I was on the wrong drug, or the wrong amount, but I decided today to quit cold turkey. I can’t stand even the thought of ingesting this drug again. Without my dose today, I was tired at work with a bad headache, but nothing crazy. I have skipped weekends before so the 1 day without it wasn’t terrible. But now that I am home and alone, I am extremely anxious. I was never anxious before adderrall. I am anxious mostly about never feeling normal or like myself again. I feel nauseous and my head is killing me.

How long can I expect to have withdrawal symptoms given my daily dose/duration of being on the medication? I want to have hope that I will get my life back.

Thank you.

Sandy
9:39 pm March 17th, 2016

I have been taking 30 mg 2 times a day for a 3 years prior to that smaller doses for a decade. I just had a heart attack due to the smaller arteries not dilating it had nothing to do with clogging arteries. That said, which probably makes no difference anyway, is there any reason found through research that I couldn’t come off adderall slowly safely? I have read that recent research shows that adderall doesn’t show any more risk to the heart than those who don’t take adderall even if they have heart issues.

Tara
11:46 pm May 29th, 2016

I have been taking adderall for about 5 years, I also suffer from depression, bipolar 1, PTSD, insomnia, ADHD and anxiety. I have recently went off of some meds because of being on too many, I’m trying to go more natural. Recently, I have been taking more than prescribed because my tolerance is too high and the comedown is terrible, plus it seems like my memory is always foggy and compromised with an increase. I actually went off of adderall before, and suffered horrible withdrawal for days and days
I have recently enrolled in school and start June 27. I do not want to be experiencing hell while trying to attend school. I have begun taking amino energy and l carnitine for energy boost and fatigue to help with the actual fatigueness part of the withdrawal, also omega fatty acids, vitamin c, b b complex, zinc for focus and brain function and ginko biloba for depression. I really want to stop adderall also because its risen my blood pressure , it drys out my throat, it makes me chain smoke, I had quit for a year and 6 months and started again when taking adderall, I am a singer so its affecting my voice, also the crash is terrible associated with bad headaches.would you suggest I go into a detox facility or is there anything out there to help ease the withdrawal? Help !

Dee
7:29 pm July 5th, 2017

Ok here goes. I am a 62 year old grandmother who was treated last April for benzo dependency as well as suboxone detox and adderall dependence. I have been attending 12 step meetings regularly but even after almost 15 months I have crippling fatigue, depression and apathy. I am on gabapentin, clonidine cymbalta I still have PAWS. My phychiatrist mentioned that a low monitored dose of Adderall might be indicated. I’ve waited for my energy to return for months, I’ve dieted and exercised but I’m losing motivation. Please advise I don’t know how much longer I can hold on. I’ve also had my thyroid tested it was fine. But I was on all of these drugs for years then taken off all of them in 45 days.

Nick
12:09 am November 4th, 2017

I have been taking adderrall 30 mg 2-3x a day for the past 2 weeks. I’ll skip the story of how I ended up having it but it was not prescribed. I was taking to hopefully get more work done but it ended up having the opposite effect, making me really out of it. Now I’m all out of the meds and need to stop. My biggest problem is the fatigue and constant need to sleep. I can’t take time off work, rather the opposite, I need to work MORE in the upcoming months. What do you recommend for fatigue and how long will this last. The total amount of days I was taking it was 21-25 max.

Kevin
3:10 pm December 17th, 2017

I have adult ADHD and have taken 60mg per day of Adderall. I’ve been withdrawing for over two weeks.
I have had no sleep, felt my throat was closing, and laughed myself to sleep in bits of hysterical hyperactivity. I have been vomiting and fearing that I’ll have to use my ephedrine pen to counter such effects. Are the withdrawals supposed to be so horrid after two weeks after sudden detox after five years of therapeutic use? I’m concerned.

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
3:53 pm December 18th, 2017

Hi Kevin. Sometimes withdrawal can last few weeks or even months. I suggest that you download our free guide ‘The Definitive Guide To Withdrawal’ to get a better understanding here: http://addictionblog.org/ebooks/the-definitive-guide-to-drug-withdrawal/

Deborah
9:32 pm February 23rd, 2018

Been taking Adderall for last. 8 yrs.I have Adhd predominately inattentive.my Pychiatrist doesn’t want me to take because I have kidney disease.I’m afraid of withdrawal.will I have to go to a rehab facility to get thru withdrawal symptoms? I’m terrified of the thought of being locked up.

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
1:28 pm February 27th, 2018

Hi Deborah. I suggest that you consult with your doctor to help you plan an individualized tapering schedule. Also, the safest way to end any dependence in with the help of medically trained staff.

Deborah
9:42 pm February 23rd, 2018

I have Adhd and have been on Adderall 20 mg in morning and 20 mg in afternoon for the last 8 yrs.my Pychiatrist doesn’t want to prescribe any longer because I have kidney disease.I’m afraid of withdrawal symptoms and afraid of going to a rehab facility .is there any meds that help with symptoms so I don’t go to a facility

Adam
7:01 am February 24th, 2018

It seems like every month I go through the same thing! I end up short a few pills a couple days early on my refill & the two or three days seems like an iternity! It really does work for me, but it is starting to break my body down physically…I moved to Florida from Chicago & a couple months later my retina detached! So, does anyone think the federal had anything to do with it?!

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