Friday August 22nd 2014

Can you overdose (OD) on Adderall?

Yes. You can overdose on Adderall, a combination brand drug made of dextroamphetamine and amphetamine.

When you OD on Adderall you can experience a heart attack, stroke, or case of sudden death. But how much Adderall does it take to overdose?  Here, we reveal how much Adderall is too much and explore what you can do to avoid an accidental Adderall overdose. We welcome your questions about Adderall and overdose at the end.

Can you overdose on Adderall?

Yes, you can overdose on Adderall. Even if you don’t take enough to OD, Adderall can be dangerous because of its cardiac effects. One special danger with Adderall is the fact that it’s often prescribed to children suffering from ADHD, and it’s easier for children to accidentally take too much Adderall than for adults.

Secondly, taking Adderall for non-medical reasons increases your risk of death and overdose, so Adderall should only be taken swallowed as a whole pill, and only in the doses recommended by your doctor. You’re much more likely to overdose when you chew, crush, snort or inject Adderall pills. Plus, Adderall addictive.  The quick delivery of dextroamphetamine and amphetamine to the brain that comes from chewing, crushing or snorting Adderall effects increase your risk of cardiovascular events.

What happens when you overdose on Adderall?

Cardiovascular problems are the biggest risk of overdosing on Adderall. Adderall overdose can cause heart attacks, stroke, or even sudden death. Furthermore, Adderall can cause heart and lung problems even at doses lower than necessary to overdose.

How many Adderall is too much?

In children, the typical dose of Adderall is only 2.5-5mg per day. Adderall should never be given in doses larger than 40/mg per day. A child can overdose more easily on Adderall than an adult because of their small body mass.

Adults may be prescribed anything from 5-60 mg of Adderall per day, depending on their situation. As little as 30mg of Adderall can be dangerous to some people, while a dose as high as 500 mg has been reported as safe in an individual who habitually abused Adderall. 70 mg of Adderall in one day is considered the maximum safe daily dose by the FDA.

The fatal amount of Adderall varies from person to person. Doses as high as 15,000 mg have been reported without killing the person who took the medication – although in most cases this would be more than enough to overdose. In general, 20-25 mg/kg of a person’s body weight is considered a fatal dose. In an adult weighing 150 lbs, the fatal dose would most likely be about 1360 mg.

Adderall overdose help

If you’ve taken a high dose of Adderall and experience adverse side effects, you should seek medical attention immediately. 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.

Overdose on Adderall questions

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

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46 Responses to “Can you overdose (OD) on Adderall?
B
9:20 pm December 14th, 2012

I had two exams today. I went to the exam center at 12, I had crushed 20 mg, 20mg and 5mg, and put it in water and drank that. I also had at 1 pm 5 mg and stupidly with coffee. My regular does is suppose to be 20 mg, 20 mg and a half. I have been on Adderall for almost two years.
I got out of my first exam at 2:15, I took a break and ate a buritto and some of a Special K bar. But I still feel dizzy and a little shaky, and now at 4:17 I feel tired. What should I do? Did I overdose? Yes, I know it wasn’t smart, and I do not plan on doing it again EVER.

9:10 am December 15th, 2012

Hello B. Hyperawareness, hypersexuality, hypervigialance, and
psychomotor agitation are signs of an Adderall overdose. You may feel manic. If you still feel this way 24 hours later, mania may be present, and treatment for manic discorder may be required. But usually, the intoxicated feel of high doses of Adderall wear off on their own. Nonetheless, if you feel out of control, contact a detox clinic or your prescribing doctor to seek medical help.

Ashley
5:58 pm February 14th, 2013

Good morning,

I’m experiencing unusual side-effects. I wasn’t sure if it was just nerves at first, but now I think I may have taken two of my pills this morning. I have to take a different pill one hour before eating, which I did, but I woke up off my schedule this morning at 5am instead of 6am. I don’t remember if I took my Adderall at this time or not. I definitely took it at 8am. I’m just so busy with school and getting a paper done today that I don’t remember. What should I watch for? When should I worry? What should I do? My pill is a 15 mg capsule. I weigh between 120-124 lbs. I hope you can get back to me soon. Thank you.

12:02 pm February 15th, 2013

Hi Ashley. If you’re feeling jittery and nervous, these symptoms should begin to wear off after Adderall effects peak, which depends on the type of Adderall you take. While you should have nothing to worry about, you might want to call a Poison Control Center (national hotline 1-800-222-1222) to be sure. If you feel off a few hours later, maybe check with the school medical center just to get another point of view.

Wyatt
3:19 pm March 14th, 2013

ok last night i took about 7-8 20mg, my heartrate is alittle fast and i have stomach cramps, will the side effects go away? or do i need to see a doctor?

Wyatt
3:24 pm March 14th, 2013

it was adderall xr and im only 16 and weigh around 135

7:45 am March 15th, 2013

Hello Wyatt. Call 1-800-222-1222 for the Poison Control Center and an expert opinion on what you should do. In general, acute effects of an overdose wear off in time…but you don’t want to risk cardiac problems, either.

betty
1:54 pm March 20th, 2013

i was depressed yesterday and i took aboout 8 adderall pills and their 30 milligrams per pill…my heart is racing, i havent slept, and im jittery….should i go to the emergency room?

2:24 pm March 21st, 2013

Hi Betty. I would definitely recommend a phone call to the emergency room or to the poison control center…

Shannon
2:07 am April 7th, 2013

I have a friend who took, in the last 24 hours, 90 mg of adderall and 30 mg of celexa, which is three times his normal prescribed dose. He weighs roughly 140 lbs and is 18 years old. Is this combination enough to cause an overdose?

11:23 am April 8th, 2013

Hello Shannon. I’d suggest that you call the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 for more information.

Wyatt
8:32 am May 2nd, 2013

Haha never went back and looked at my post comments but yeah thanks. I’m doing great, just ended up telling my mom that I took a few because I do actually have hd/hd and ADD, so yeah the side effects sucked couldn’t eat, sleep felt dizzy all the time pupils were huge but they went down, bad headache, heartbeat was beating real fast but went down, throat swelled alittle, and had a nasty sour taste in my mouth and bad cramps but im very thankful that no thing permitly bad happened, and remeber guys/girls you should never take more than the doc says I learned that the hard way, it’s funny because I’m actually on Ritalin right now and I’ve been up All night but still made sure to take proper dose, love all you guys and stay safe.

ladasha
2:01 pm May 17th, 2013

I took adderall and I’m scared i overdosed i took 20 mg (not a big deal), but it was my first time. What should i do?

dorothy
4:19 pm May 17th, 2013

My adult daughter takes Adderall, not sure of dose, she did not have problems as a child graduated 5th in her class of 600. She is now a single mother of 2 and a teacher. Her life is chaos to say the least. She is so unorganized always running late, getting speeding tickets and this all seems worse since being on Adderall. I am just worried that she does not really need the meds and they are making her worse. Wondering what you think? She also has this little tapping her teeth with her tongue that she has never done prior to meds.

4:23 am May 20th, 2013

Hello Dorothy. Adderall used therapeutically CALMS people. It does sound like Adderall may be a “life enhancement” tool for your daughter. I’d suggest that you make a list of all the things that concern you and approach her in a loving way. It may be difficult for her to hear, but when you become psychologically dependent on Adderall, you are ignoring what is beneath the surface.

Lauren
7:18 am May 29th, 2013

Hi. This is only kind of relevant so don’t feel obligated to respond. Also because it’s crazy.

I have been diagnosed with an eating disorder and my symptoms have been pretty bad lately because I’m out of town and away from my treatment team. I have been eating very little and purging most of what i do eat for the last few weeks. I take 100mg of prozac daily (prescribed) and have lately also been taking 30mg of adderall xr every other day (not prescribed).

Today while playing soccer with my brother I started feeling sharp chest pains a little to the left of my breastbone, a dull pain in my left shoulder, and constricting in my throat. Afterwards, my chest felt heavy for at least an hour. It went away but then came back for a short time later in the day. Of course, I realize these could be symptoms of a heart attack or angina.

My question is whether this is likely to be related to my adderall use, or if it is more likely to be solely because of lack of oxygen from exercising since I’m not doing well with eating. Could that dose of adderall be that dangerous for me to take? I’m female, 20 years old, weigh 110lbs, and am 5’6”. I don’t even know that I’m in medical danger anyway, but I can’t stop wondering which is the primary cause of my symptoms.

10:11 am June 3rd, 2013

Hi Lauren. Do you have a contact number for your treatment team? I think that they symptoms require both a check-in and a diagnosis. Adderall has been associated with some (rare) cases of cardiac arrest in young people. But you’ll need some medical expertise to talk it out. Also, are you ready to stop taking Adderall???

Lauren
7:44 am June 8th, 2013

Thank you for your insight.
I do have emails and phone numbers of all the healthcare professionals on my treatment team, and I do trust them fully. I just don’t want to risk dramatizing anything while they can’t see me because they might tell me to go to the ER…simply BECAUSE they can’t see me. If I weren’t out of town, I would talk with them about it without hesitation, and probably will in a few weeks when I get back.

Lauren
7:45 am June 8th, 2013

Your question about being ready to stop taking Adderall has made me think, and kind of inspired a whole new ramble/question…
I don’t know that I’m ready to stop completely… I was only taking it regularly for about a week, and I realize I was starting to subconsciously cross some lines by abusing it for weight-loss; I cut back pretty fast after admitting that to myself.

Usually I take it only based off of my (self-perceived) ability to function… meaning when I’m having too much trouble concentrating or getting things done, which is partly because I do believe I have a degree of attention deficit, and partly because of depression/anxiety disorders that decrease motivation. When I take Adderall my mind calms down in a way that makes me be able to focus on what I need to get done, which in effect helps me feel more capable and in control of myself. That is what I expected and is the reason I started taking it, but the rest I never knew would happen: I feel considerably less depressed, almost all of my chronic suicidal ideation disappears (or is at least deferred), and it seems to improve my interpersonal interactions by boosting my self-esteem.

Would you say that I should stop anyway? That the costs and risks outweigh the benefits? I know it will never be prescribed to me (or at least any time soon) because of my ED, but I still feel like it’s beneficial. To be honest, I don’t know if I will stop anyway, but I’m interested to hear if/why you don’t think it’s a good idea. (Other than the illegality….I admittedly don’t care about committing victim-less crimes.) I would at the very least take what you have to say under serious consideration.

I hope I don’t sound too self-righteous… I probably have a skewed perception of my situation and likely know a lot less about this than I’m behaving like I do. I’ve seen how outrageously deluded people can be about drugs (especially if they’re addicted and ignorant of that fact) which is why I’m asking for objective advice.

Also, is there any way you can respond to me without posting this? I’m not worried about any of the information being too personal, but I don’t want anyone reading my arguments for taking unprescribed drugs and internalizing them. It’s up to you though if you don’t think it will negatively influence anyone. I guess it depends on the contents of your response.

5:22 am June 11th, 2013

Hi again. It’s my opinion that using Adderall for performance enhancement without a prescription is dancing with dependence. Physical and psychological. The mind is a tricky place. And we can rationalize many unhealthy behaviors. That you can be honest about the effect and how it works for you is refreshing. I put it to you that you can be healthy of mind and body without stimulants and that while the risks of serious adverse side effects are unpredictable, they are still present. Ultimately, you decide what you consume. Just be aware that hiding behaviors from your treatment team will not serve you in the long run.

Eddy
1:48 am August 21st, 2013

I have a rlly good tolerance to adderal. I don’t have adhd or anything adderal is used for. but I like to mess with them. If u take two or three 10 mg tablets together every few hrs can you still od and if so how much would it take to od if I took em in that way. im 22 and 5,6 and 130 pounds. I have been exsposed to adderalls on and off for years. how much does it take to damage organs and to od so I know. ty.

1:17 pm August 21st, 2013

Hello Eddy. This is a question for your prescribing doctor or a pharmacist. Have you tried asking either of these medical professionals?

Matt
11:57 am October 24th, 2013

I have been prescribed Dexedrine for hyperactivity since I was 5 and I have some CYP enzyme issue that I had to get tested for because I take 10-30 mg of the immediate release up to 5 times a day but I rarely take the full dose because it makes me lazy, quiet and tired. According to the dude that did the liver enzyme test… my max dose can be 150 mg but I guess with how my body burns through it, it is only like taking 50 mg or something to the average person. I tried everything else… the long acting ones made me not eat all day and fly into a rage when they wore off and I needed 2 doses of that a day just to cover 8 hours…. the only way I can tell this wears off is that I start talking nonstop and raiding the refrigerator. I like being able to take lower doses for certain situations that being silent in (social situations) is not appropriate. However, I can argue that even as a hyper person who was brought up in the 1980′s Ritalin Zombie child era that not being taught any skills in sense caused a dependency because without them, at age 33, I act 14… and it is embarrassing.

Natalie
7:57 pm October 30th, 2013

Is it safe for a seventeen year old to take 30 mg a day?

1:40 pm October 31st, 2013

Hi Natalie. This is a question for a prescribing doctor or a pharmacist.

Jacob
11:53 pm December 10th, 2013

I’m 15 5’6, and 135 lbs. If I take 25 mg of adderall will it be too much? I’ve taken it one time before but it was 10 mg and it was only for about 5 days straight.

9:29 am December 12th, 2013

Hi Jacob. Adderall is meant to be taken as prescribed. We do not advise on dosing regimens; we leave that to prescribing doctors.

nick
1:29 pm January 16th, 2014

I am about 130lbs and I have never taken adderall before. I consumed approxamately over 400 mgs (more than 20 20mg pills) i have felt affects but it had been

nick
1:33 pm January 16th, 2014

but I have been feeling affects for about 8 hours. and just to make things clear I took all of them within 2 hours. I just want to know if out is fatal by now.

9:49 pm January 18th, 2014

Hi Nick. I’m sorry that we could not respond to your question earlier. Call the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 for immediate medical advice.

Jenny R.
12:28 pm January 26th, 2014

Yes, you CAN overdose on Adderall—even when it’s your prescription medicine. Happened to me several years ago when I used to daily w/out skipping a beat take @ least 3-4 times my dose which at the time was 30mg 3 times a day. Alls I used to do was ingest the pill, no crushing, snorting or anything EVER. So one day, I simply blacked out, hit the floor & had a grand Mal seizure—-luckily I was @ work, a co-worked called 911 & the EMT’s came. When I woke up, I had peed my pants, was confused & lethargic. Never, ever had history of any types of seizures. It was definitely O/D from Adderall & apparently a lucky one @ that! :( Upon arriving at the E.R.–Dr’s like “You took too much of your Adderall, didn’t you?” Smart guy. So please don’t think IF you only take a lot more in pill form, that you’ll be much safer. Peace out.

boybot9000
12:46 am February 22nd, 2014

I am a full time student and I do most of my work Thursday through Sunday, so my question is can I take 60mg throughout the coarse of my busiest days? I am normally prescribed 30mg, but that wears off by mid-afternoon and I work on my studies until about midnight. I am almost 38 and my weight is 160lbs. I thank you for your time to assist.

10:06 am February 25th, 2014

Hello boybot9000. Speak with your prescribing doctor about increasing doses on the weekends during study periods. S/He will have some considerations or dosing experience to guide you in your decision. And never increase Adderall doses without medical supervision!

Eddy
7:12 am March 23rd, 2014

im 23 years old and weigh between 145 and 150. is taking 7 10 mg tablets throught out the day dangerous?

tristan
12:35 pm April 10th, 2014

thats pretty funny cause i weigh 255 pounds and can eat 160 mg adies and im completely fine just really really really……really tweeked out but then theirs my friend who took 115mg and he had a bad O-D his stupid sister decided it would be best to drive him around town and let it wear off hes alive though and he weighed about 145 maby i think maby even 160 hes like 6,2 and scrawny

Jamill
6:17 am May 1st, 2014

I took 90mg of adderall today 7 hours ago and is witnessing serious side effects of od. I have cotton mouth i have ADHD and i use to take the adderall rx and i took 90mg today. I have numbness everywhere dry mouth just not feeling well or right. I’m about to turn 16 June 10th I’m 187 pounds

anon
11:16 am May 5th, 2014

My friend keeps taking 60mg 5 times a day can he get hurt by doing this???!!?? He’s 15 but weights more then 150 pounds.

derrick
5:37 am May 21st, 2014

Well i took 3 in one day and that morning i kept getting light headed and one time i passed out like for 1/10 of a sec. and i had headaches so. I probably should keep taking 1 a day

Jessy
12:15 am June 5th, 2014

Yesterday at around 4pm I took one 30mg of adderall and today my heart keeps speeding up randomly. I’m 17, 110 pounds. Is this normal?

Jazzy
6:48 pm June 7th, 2014

Hi a friend of mine git stressed out one night and had an emotional breakdown and began took atleast 6 pills of 20 mg adderall whuch equals 120 mg. But he says his heart feels like its speeding up and he feels light headed and us dizzy when he walks. What do I do should I worry ir shoul I let him rest.

D
3:08 pm June 11th, 2014

Hi, I was wondering if adderall is a safe drug to take with oxycodone? I have a good friend who takes the combo and just need to ease my concern for him. Thanks oh and btw how much if it’s safe is safe of each medication?

Rachelle Meehan
12:16 am June 13th, 2014

My sister just took 26 pills should me make her throw up or call 911

5:11 am June 13th, 2014

Hello Rachelle. Yes, call 911 for an assessment or you can call the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 for an over the phone guide to what to do next.

Tiffany
8:50 am July 4th, 2014

Hi there! I’m thinking about speaking with my doctor about Adderall and possibly getting a prescription. Although I have never tried it before (and would never without my doctor’s approval and a prescription), I have heard from multiple people I previously took college courses with that it is extremely helpful for studies. I believe I’ve developed attention issues over the past few years, and with summer coming to a close soon and classes starting back up, I would like to give it a shot. Throughout high school I was a straight A student and never had problems when it came to listening to my instructors. I even held a part time job just fine! Now, I’m taking online classes full time and have a full time job to juggle as well. I do not have time to attend classes in person, so online classes are my only real option. The issue with that is I have such a hard time focusing and committing to my studies/assignments/homework. I was never the kind to wait until last minute to finish something, but now I find myself rushing and getting stressed to finish these the day they are due or the night prior. I suppose the question I have is whether or not I sound like a likely candidate for Adderall. Obviously I don’t expect professional medical advice on a forum, but I figured sharing my story here might help me to gauge whether or not I should bring this up during my next physical (in about 2 weeks if you could please get back to me before then)! Thank you for reading!

Sondra
4:38 pm July 15th, 2014

My daughter who thought shed experiment with it.. took 1 60 mg on day one got a load if energy.. day 2 took 1 during the day got nothing and so she took another. So a total of 180 mg in less than 48 hrs. She had a seizure turning blue and vomited. She probably wouldnt be here today if her father had not found her. IF YOU DO NOT NEED IT, DO NOT TOUCH IT! !!! it almost took her life at 15 yrs old. Just making one simple mistake THAT ALMOST COULD NOT BE UNDONE! I THANK GOD TODAY SHE IS WITH US EVERYDAY.

justice
11:55 pm August 19th, 2014

I’m 29 and prescribed 30 milligram xr 1a day I drink 1-2 large cans of monster caffeine I work a lot sometimes not eating much if vary little can this be a problem??

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