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Adderall withdrawal treatment: How to treat Adderall withdrawal

What effects can you expect when withdrawing from Adderall (a combination of amphetamine salts)? What are the best ways to treat withdrawal from Adderall? More here on how to treat Adderall withdrawal and what to expect. Then, we invite your questions about Adderall withdrawal at the end.

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. And in addition to producing Adderall tolerance effects, amphetamines can be habit forming.

Withdrawal is a process during which the body starts to function without the presence of Adderall after a period of chemical dependence on amphetamines. So when you stop taking Adderall after daily dosing, you feel completely differently.  Side effects of Adderall withdrawal include changes in your 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.

Withdrawal from Adderall 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
  • anxietydepression or dyphoria
  • drug craving
  • fatigue
  • increased heart rate
  • insomnia
  • mood swings
  • paranoia
  • panic
  • seizures

Because Adderall gives you the edge you need to get through the day, it can be hard to stop using Adderall. In fact, your sleep, energy, and mood are affected the most during Adderall withdrawal and can be difficult to stabilize. Getting enough sleep and rest to address energy levels can be one of the most important treatment factors to support Adderall withdrawal.

How to treat Adderall withdrawal symptoms

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.

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Unfortunately, there are no medications currently used that specifically treat withdrawal from Adderall. Anti-anxiety or antidepressant medications can address the depression that Adderall causes and may be recommended by your doctor.

At times, Adderall use and dependency can lead to an addiction. You may need to treat psychological withdrawal symptoms that come up. This can be done in an outpatient or impatient program so that all symptoms are holistically addressed.

Best way to withdraw from Adderall

The best way to withdraw from Adderall and to minimize the effects of withdrawal on the body is by tapering and reducing your doses of Adderall slowly over time. It is also considered the safest way to withdraw from Adderall. Reducing doses slowly allows your 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 your Adderall is redused you will not feel the severity of your withdrawal symptoms and sometimes may feel none at all.

In general, your medication will be decreased by 10% at a time usually every week depending on the level of dosing you have been prescribed. With little research conducted on medical treatment for Adderall withdrawal, the best way to withdraw from Adderall is to taper and reduce doses of Adderall to monitor and treat the process.

Adderall withdrawal treatment 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: NCBI: Treatment for amphetamine withdrawal
NCBI: Pharmacological approaches to methamphetamine dependence: a focused review

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32 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?

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?

4:44 pm May 19th, 2015

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

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 !

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