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How long does Adderall withdrawal last?

How long does Adderall withdrawal last?

Adderall, which is made of amphetamine salts, affects people differently depending on whether you use Adderall to treat ADD or ADHD vs. taking Adderall to get high. However, the general onset of withdrawal symptoms when you stop taking Adderall occurs within a few hours after Adderall effects wear off. And the length of time until withdrawal stops can vary from weeks to months later. More here, with a section for your questions about Adderall withdrawal at the end.

How long until Adderall withdrawal starts?

Once you have decided to stop taking Adderall, withdrawal symptoms can start as early as a few hours after the effect of Adderall has worn off. Overall effects of immediate release Adderall lasts typically 4-8 hours, while residual effects can last up to 12 hours. Overall effects of extended release Adderall typically last for 12 hours, while residual effect can last up to 24 hours. The most common symptoms of withdrawal from Adderall include:

  • disorientation
  • fatigue
  • irritability
  • mental depression

Adderall withdrawal timeline

As mentioned earlier, Adderall affects people differently. Symptoms of withdrawing from Adderall will change from person to person. However, it can take days to weeks to completely remove Adderall from the system when you’ve developed physical dependence on 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.

24-72 hours Adderall withdrawal – General onset of symptoms can manifest shortly after the drug has worn off and linger for up to a few months after the medication is totally out of the system. Intense fatigue, uncontrollable sleepiness and catnapping, continuing stimulation, and drug craving are typical symptoms that occur during the first days after coming off Adderall. The worst onset of symptoms (fatigue, depression and disorientation) often occurs directly after withdrawal or coming off of Adderall. Many people report that the most common reaction to acute Adderall withdrawal is that of fatigue and oversleeping.

Week 1 Adderall withdrawal – In the first week after stopping Adderall, symptoms of withdrawal tend to even out with an apparent return to “normalcy”, although drug craving may occur and disturbed sleeping patterns are common. During this phase of withdrawal symptoms can include the inability to feel pleasure (anhedonia), waves of intense craving, depression, exhaustion, extreme fatigue and excessive sleepiness.

Week 2 Adderall withdrawal – After the first couple of weeks of stopping Adderall, characteristic symptoms of stimulant withdrawal may still be present including fatigue or exhaustion, depression, unpleasant and vivid dreams, insomnia or hypersomnia, increased appetite, slowed or quickened psychomotor response, and/or irritability.

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Weeks 3-4 Adderall withdrawal – During this phase of withdrawal, apathy, irritability, and depression may still be present. Additionally, long periods or disturbances in sleep are still reported.

How long do Adderall withdrawal symptoms last?

Symptoms of Adderall withdrawal can last anywhere between a few days to several months after you last take the medication. The harsher, acute effects of withdrawal should resolve within after about a month. However, people have reported still feeling fatigue and increased appetite long after the initial 30 days.

Adderall withdrawal: how long?

Adderall affects each person differently depending on the dosage and how long you have been taking Adderall. In other words, each withdrawal period is unique to the person taking Adderall. Various health concerns need to be taken into consideration. In general, however, if you taking Adderall for medical reasons in doses as prescribed, symptoms of withdrawal tend to be less intense than someone abusing the medication or taking higher doses than prescribed.

Post-Acute withdrawal syndrome (PAWS) is a set of symptoms that occur right after you stop taking Adderall and can last several months afterwards. Increased fatigue and having less energy are typical of Adderall use and these symptoms can linger for weeks to months after your last dose of Adderall. Additionally, people who withdraw from Adderall might experience sleeping issues for several months after they stop taking the medication as well as mental depression or emotions that they are not as used to. People suffering from depression are encouraged to seek help.

How long Adderall withdrawal questions

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Reference Sources: PubMed: Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy: Misuse of “study drugs:” prevalence, consequences, and implications for policy
NIDA Drug Facts: Stimulant ADHD Medications – Methylphenidate and Amphetamines

DailyMed: Archived Adderall label
NHTSA: Amphetamines and Methamphetamine
SAMHSA: Substance Abuse Treatment Advisory on Protracted Withdrawal
SAMHSA: Substance Abuse Treatment Advisory on Prescription Medications: Misuse, Abuse, Dependence, and Addiction
U.S. Department of Justice: Drugs of Abuse

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47 Responses to “How long does Adderall withdrawal last?
Bube
2:02 pm August 3rd, 2012

Great post. Thank you very much

6:12 pm August 3rd, 2012

Hi Bube. You are welcome. Do you need any help during Adderall withdrawal? Have you been through withdrawal and have some tips to share for others?

Majk
8:09 am August 6th, 2012

For what exactly serves Adderall withdrawal?

1:35 pm September 16th, 2012

Adderall withdrawal is the brain’s way of re-adjusting and finding homeostasis without amphetamine salts. The adjustment period between Adderall use and Adderall abstinence can be uncomfortable, but is a necessary period if you want to stop taking Adderall and stay off it.

Roxiepic
4:13 pm December 11th, 2012

Thank you so much for posting this. I’m in week three of withdrawl and it helps to know that how I am feeling is normal and expected.

8:02 pm December 11th, 2012

You are welcome, Roxiepic. Thanks for letting us know that the article helps.

nancy sinoway
1:04 am January 17th, 2013

My husband was given adderall in Oct. His dose was 30 mg. He did not react to it at all. His Doctor did not feel that he was depressed and that we needed marriage conseling. He has suffered from depression for over 10 years. He had him stop the adderall with no weening and put hime on Zoloft 50 mg. He is sprialing down. What and how long will this last…… I know it is withdrawals. Your thoughts please!

Linda
6:12 pm January 27th, 2013

Our son, 34 had been on Adderall for about 2 yrs. We did not know the extent of it until getting a ‘wake up’ call from his wife. I think he was headed for a major stroke…greatly increased blood pressure, and it took a while to get it under control. It has been three months and I can still see effects here and there. It helps me to read blogs like this so that I can be more knowledgeable and understanding of him, his reactions, (or lack of) his emotions (or lack of). http://www.wildestcolts.com/books/madness.html Dr. John Breeding (you can order his Ebook for $8.00) has been a great help.
Btw, the General Practitioner BAD doctor that gave our son the precription…got scared when we took our son in…and referred him to a psychiatrist. Of course, we know that was to cover his rear end. We chose Naturepath and supplements, time and prayer over a Psychiatrist that would have only given him more drugs! BEWARE is all I can say!

DungShark
10:52 pm March 25th, 2013

I was on a low dose of 10 mg daily for 1 month and decided to quit cold turkey. I’m doing fine, just sometimes I feel a little dizzy, especially after drinking too much coffee. I’ll miss the artifiicial zone it put me in and allowed me to get ridiculously and insanely organized, the type of organization that drives normal people crazy lol. I’ll just need to develop stronger mental strategies to target my disorganization and tendency to let my mind wander. It would be nice to rely on a pill to fix all my problems but I think in the long run, it would be better to attack my adhd symptoms with cognitive strategies instead.

Sharkie
2:50 pm April 3rd, 2013

I am 49 and normal weight. I was on 20 mg of adderall daily for about 6 months. I tapered down to 5 mg per day over about 3 weeks. Depression, anxiety, stomach upset and sleepiness were prevailant while I was tapering down. I stopped taking the adderall completely 4 days ago. I am now functional, but sleepy. Cofee is helping, but not to the degree I would like it to help. How long might it take to not be sleepy all day? Does additional excercise, certain vitamins, fish oil or amino acids like L-Tyrosine help? I want to get back to being awake and fully functional during the work day.

What are some of the best ways to get the body back to homeostatis without adderall?

7:11 am April 4th, 2013

Hello Sharkie. Rest and time are indicated as the best ways to move through Adderall withdrawal. Stimulants unnaturally “speed up” the brain, and as you withdraw, the effects of the rebound “slowing down” mechanisms of the brain make you feel really tired. I’d suggest that you seek advice from a pharmacist about over-the-counter and nutritional aids that can help you during this time. But sleep and rest are natural ways to recover from amphetamine withdrawal.

Sharkie
6:03 pm April 8th, 2013

I am on week 2 after stopping adderall. I have periods of energy and periods of lethargy. Taking L-Tyrosine before sleep and on a fairly empty stomach seems to help. Excercise is exhausting, but I am going for run-walks to hopefully build up stamina. Dreams are surprisingly vivid and there are some mood swings. All in all, I am getting in the saddle and am less sleepy all the time. My humor and personality is coming back too.

Scott
10:09 pm April 11th, 2013

Have ADHD. Perscribed 20mg instant & 20mgXR daily (down from 30xr). It’s to the point that I take them just for the feeling (used to use them for school & work to maintain productivity). Had to mix alcohol to bring me down from the obsessive organizational & lack of expressiveness (especially to be able to interact with people happily). Stopped lifting weights (used to be big and muscular), got skinny, have tried quitting, I notice immediate weight gain and increase in appetite (up to 10lbs in a week with weight lifting and proper diet).

Trying to quit starting on my days off work to begin that momentum. I told myself getting 8 hrs of sleep a day will help me function right through the day when i’m awake. Only problem is that I become tired when my body isn’t required to be in motion (not at work), and I end up taking a cat nap that can last 6-7 hours (just woke up from one of those).

I want to quit addys because I know I’m dependent. I’m newly single, it’s spring, and i want to be my old self (active, athletic, fit, & find a new girlfriend), but i know that starts with being true to myself, and to be honest I’m consuming this influx of adderall and not really getting anything major accomplished. I’m just utilizing the feeling of it at the cost of being skinny and i’m sure it’s having other long term effects on my body.

Everywhere I go it’s like I’m a poindexter and people don’t like me because i’m almost a jerk to them (like: “isn’t the solution obvious”). My ex told me I lack emotions on the stuff too.

Bottom line is I’m trying to quit…. 8 hrs of sleep allows me to remain productive at work, but when I’m having R&R time, like at home… I just want to sleep. I will be dieting well and not taking any sleep aides and taking vitamins, but I look forward to the day I’m not tired…

Scott
10:30 pm April 11th, 2013

The other thing is that I’m usually drinking about 3-4 redbulls or frappucinnos. So I’m gonna take some posting suggestions and get the same amount of gatorades instead. I’m sure I’m recognizing more of a crash from the energy drinks.

JLH
11:20 pm April 11th, 2013

Any physician who takes you off Adderall completely without lowering your intake dose by dose shouldn’t be able to practice medicine. Especially in behavioral therapy! Adderall is an excellent drug in the XR along with anti-depression meds for a pt. with severe depression. When lowering your stimulant dose its recommended to take along with a bupropion/ Wellbutrin.

joe
1:38 am April 21st, 2013

I have been prescribed Adderall (60mg a day) since I was about 14. I am 25 now and a basically a full blown addict. I know I need to stop taking it but I still have a pretty severe case of ADHD that without a stimulant is really difficult to manage. I have tried all kinds of alternatives to adderall but nothing really helps my ADHD that isn’t a stimulant. The big problem I face now is the exhaustion I experience without adderall. If I do not take it, I am so tired I will sleep for 4 or 5 days straight. I am beginning to think I may suffer from sleep apnea or something that is affecting me physically. Is it normal to feel so tired without taking adderall?

8:47 am April 22nd, 2013

Hello Joe. Extreme fatigue is a telltale sign of Adderall withdrawal, and is expected if you reduce doses dramatically, or stop taking Adderall altogether. IF Adderall helps the ADHD therapeutically, why do you want to quit? Also, have you consulted with a detox clinic about getting help to get off Adderall?

Scott
3:53 pm April 22nd, 2013

I took adderall for over 5 years straight without ccompletely stopping. I took up to 90mgs a day, and sometimes as low as 20 (depemding on how I wanted to abuse them) but never stopped in fear of the sleep and whatnot. I always drank at least a couple red bull every day too.

Being tired is common. As tired as you? Not sure, everyoneis different, but I felt I was abusing them and decided to quit cold turkey to see if I could. I stopped taking red bulls too all together.

You need something to motivate you to live day to day! Yes you’re going to sleep way more at first, but u depended on adderall for your drive, your motivation, just like me (even sometimes to get out of bed, on those 90mg days). I would take an adderall, go back to sleep, and get out of bed once it started kicking!

Back to my point: my job forced me to stay awake for ten hours! Good motivator! I went to the gym every day! I took a pre workout energy ddrink designed specifically for lifting before I’d go. And I only did half a scoop. I have been liftingon and off for years so using that is ccommonplace for me and I recommend it.

You need things to motivate you. The gym is great for ur body, your heart rate. It will force u to eat more. A job forces u to stay awake when ur there. (I slept through all my breaks).

I quit for two weeks, got my energy back really well after only the first week ! You can do it! It’s all in your head ! Now I take 10mgs occasionally, and llan to use em a bit for school.

Everything in moderation! We became addicted and abused adderall, that’s why were trying to quit!

Sharkie
2:55 pm April 29th, 2013

Now I am on week 4 after stopping taking adderall. Male, age 49, I have reporting in here before (see below). Having some really good days and more often days were I have a very difficult time focusing/concentrating on work. Often have anxiety and tiredness. Doctor proscribed Deplin (methyfolate) and I am taking citicoline to upgrade my dopamine receptors. I run a couple of miles 3 to 4 times a week and am being very careful about eating healthy choices with limited simple sugar. I even started meditating every day. Everything I read about getting back to normal after adderall points to plenty of sleep, eating really healthy and clean, and excercise.

When might homeostatis of the dopamine receptors take place. Will I get less tired and more interested in what I am doing soon? How soon?

metoo1977
2:07 pm May 19th, 2013

I been taking large doses of Adderall for 2 years, and its been 3 weeks, and damn I been sleeping for 3 weeks, feel very poorly, will it ever stop ??

4:17 am May 20th, 2013

Hi metoo. The heavy doses can provoke extreme withdrawal symptoms such as those that you are experiencing right now. Give it a few more weeks, and if you’re still overly fatigued, I’d suggest that you seek medical advice.

scott
7:59 pm June 30th, 2013

Adderall’s a great medication, withdrawing from it is not a big deal at all. The only aggravating part about withdrawal is the same as not being on Adderall at all. Can’t concentrate, can’t focus; can’t figure out what to do w/myself, i’ll always take Adderall and thank god for it

mary
12:45 am July 11th, 2013

Would you suggest quitting cold-turkey or tapering? I’ve cut my original 60mg/day regular adderall intake down to 30mg for 2.5 weeks now and have taken a few miserable days off (including today) but, would it be easier/healthier to simply stop or take longer with the latter option? I live in CA and I feel like the doctors here prescribe this stuff like candy… It’s really sad and incredibly frustrating. I had no idea I would have this kind of withdrawal that I’m experiencing… Thanks for your advice.

mary
12:46 am July 11th, 2013

by “days off” I mean taking nothing at all…

1:21 pm July 16th, 2013

Hello Mary. No. Going cold turkey off Adderall is not necessary nor humane. Instead, seek a tapering regimen from your prescribing doctor so that you can slowly step down the doses and manage resulting side effects as the appear. Medical supervision during withdrawal is ALWAYS a good idea!

Scott G
12:59 am December 14th, 2013

I’m back again… I read what I wrote back in April of this year and I say to myself… “Wow… Did I waste some valuable time…!”

I took that girlfriend back and found she was cheating on me. I started taking adderall again like crazy to manage a full time job, full time work schedule, and high maintenance girlfriend… I ended up basically failing at all of them. I found out she was done with me back in September, and accepting it was impossible given the amount of adderall I was taking. At the end of the day… I can see that my adderall use in the past 8 months hasn’t contributed to any positive outcomes in my life… I’m still small… I have another DUI… I’m hung up on an ex… and I failed the CFA exam cause i couldn’t shift priorities for studying. but i did buy a corvette! lol. I’m not blaming adderall for anything, but I’m emphasizing that it didn’t help anything either.

feel free to reply. :)

Norco73
7:07 am June 9th, 2014

I used adderall for one week as a try for ADHD. I averaged about 40mg per day and don’t plan on taking it again. When should withdrawals start and how long will it last?

DG
7:06 pm June 20th, 2014

@Norco-After only a weeks worth of using adderall you will not get any withdrawals at all. Like every psychoactive substance, taking only a weeks worth, whether high or low dosage for the first time ever will not cause problems.

Brandy
7:34 pm September 8th, 2014

I am in full blown withdrawal right now and don’t feel like I can tell anyone, not even my husband. I am sweating like crazy, sleeping nonstop and have the shakes bad! I know I need some serious help. How can I get through these withdrawals without losing my mind?!!

Brandy
4:06 pm September 10th, 2014

what can I do to help my body and mind get through the withdrawals? Are there any vitamins or anything that I can take that will help ease the symptoms?

9:36 am September 11th, 2014

Hi Brandy. Sorry for not replying to your previous message. But I believe you can read good guidelines on what’s recommended and what helps in this article: http://prescription-drug.addictionblog.org/how-to-withdraw-from-adderall/
And, plese write to let us know if there is anything else we can help with. Also, let us know how it all goes.

Steff2014
1:17 am October 19th, 2014

I have been taking adderall xr for about 4 years, 60 mg.daily for about 1 1/2 years. I recently ( within last month) had to stop taking it. ( Dr. ordered). I didn’t really notice withdrawal symptoms at first, but now, about 3 weeks later, I feel like an addict. I am sad, crying for no reason, and want to take adderall. It is very disturbing to me. Is this normal???

Paulette
2:19 am October 27th, 2014

I have taken 45 20 mg Adderall in a week. I need to stop. How bad after taking 8-9 20mg a day for a week will my withdrawls be?

12:19 pm October 28th, 2014

Hi Paulette. I really don’t know how bad they’ll be. You’ll definitley feel withdrawal symptoms, but how severe and for how long is never the same for two people. Also, it’s wise to see a medical professional for assistance, read more here: http://prescription-drug.addictionblog.org/adderall-withdrawal-treatment-how-to-treat-adderall-withdrawal/

Cie
10:00 pm December 17th, 2014

Thank you, thank you, thank you. Though Adderall gave me a new lease on life when my antidepressant stopped working, within 2 years I knew I never wanted to experience its long-term-use effects again. I’d lived okay with my ADD before Adderall; so what if I was considered a bit peculiar? I could at least get out of bed each morning. There are few things more frightening than waking in the morning, knowing your prescription has run out but thinking it’ll be okay only to realize your body—musculature, nerves— has been relying on Adderall as much as your brain has! I’m so sorry anyone has to experience this—it took 7 times before I got the message; ADDers are like that—but I hope you are convinced to get off and stay off. Whenever you can stand and walk, perhaps to go to the bathroom—the lifeless-like fatigue doesn’t seem to hinder basic bodily functions—try to walk around as long as possible (low-impact exercise is vital to convincing yourself that you CAN still control your body) and PROP yourself up when in bed. Drink PLENTY (2 qts) of fluids—mostly water and fruit juices; you’ll HAVE to get up more plus it helps with the detoxification—and eat a well-balanced diet (no refined sugar and low carbs), taking a vitamin/mineral supplement daily and at least 100% RDA of Vit C (the enemy of amphet salts). If you take antidepressants, CONTINUE taking them as prescribed, and PLEASE obtain doctor approval before embarking on this regimen; he/she will give you a de-titration schedule and will be aware of your quest. DON’T GIVE UP; the freedom feels BEYOND GREAT! May God bless your efforts, and please help others like ourselves!

kathryn
5:56 pm February 14th, 2015

i am extremely fatigued and have been off adder all for about 6 days now. is there anything i can do/eat/etc. to help get my energy back up?

3:35 pm February 20th, 2015

Hello Kathryn. Good job staying away from Adderall for more than a week now. Don’t worry, the fatigue won’t last forever, but you have to be patient and focus on nurturing your physical and psychological health in the weeks to come. Fatigue from Adderall withdrawal usually subsides within a few weeks. Even if the fatigue lasts a few months, I just want you to know that you’ll eventually restore your natural energy levels.

My advice is to make sure you’re eating well, and to consider increasing your intake of B-complex (especially Vitamins B6 and B12) and Vitamin C. Potassium can also give you a boost of energy when you need it. It’s important to stay away from caffeine, since it’ll only makes you feel worse. Exercise is also great, but I know this is hard when you feel like you have no energy. But, try to do a short walk or some low impact exercises.

Chris
11:08 am April 10th, 2015

Hi, I’ve searched for answers on this topic quite a bit tonight but still nothing fits my situation. For months now I’ve abused adderall, taking very high dosages in a 24-48 hour span.(200mg give or take) I’m looking for anything I might be able to do to help me deal with this I’ve reached my limit. This would technically be my first day of withdrawl. It’s worse than usual this time and I’m very scared I’ve done some seriously permanent damage. I’ve forced myself to eat a normal amount and still feel like I’m gonna puke, slept 4 hours in 4 days and lay here in silence and dark and can’t sleep, head gonna explode, angry for no reason, and paranoid thoughts.

4:30 pm April 15th, 2015

Hi Chris. I’m guessing you didn’t lower the amount or Addreall slowly and gradually. Going cold turkey off Addreall crates withdrawal symptoms that are really harsh and severe. I’d advise you to seek professional medical help during this period. Your first point of contact can be your general physician that can provide you with valuable guidelines and may also refer you to a detox clinic where doctors who specialize in Addreall dependence and detox will assist you and make withdrawal as comfortable as possible. One more thing, I don’t think you have done any serious damage to your organism and you will eventually feel normal again.

Scott G
7:52 pm April 15th, 2015

I’ve cut back on my addy use. I posted on december 14 2013. I’m prescribed 50mgs and take about 15. If i’m drinking i take another 7.5 to 10. I recently felt that I wasn’t eating enough fruit and began looking into how to diet appropriately. I follow a balanced diet which includes fruit, vegetables, grains, and of course meats. I excercise more regularly too. Just a lil bit every day. I noticed I have more energy and that I think clearer. I don’t even take my adderall right when I wake up anymore. I take it mid day. I think at the end of the day it’s important to remember that addiction is all in your head, and that diet and exercise really are everything because you get out what you put in to anything that you do. Your body is designed to have numerous different nutrients and exercise to keep everything firing on all cylinders, and if you’re not putting that in, then you may think that you’re missing something that only adderall can do for you but in actuality you should take a good look at your lifestyle. My drinking urges have significantly subsided as well.

Scott G
8:02 pm April 15th, 2015

adderall really sucks and you can get caught up into an alternative reality on the stuff. there’s no doubt there. I’m without a doubt the most impulsive person I’ve ever met. Meaning that I may say to myself i’m not going to use something or do something and if i get the thought and the rational in my mind to do it then I justify and do it. That doesn’t work well with addiction. Hitting a rock bottom always has helped me. talking to people really doesn’t. I find intrinsic motivations like money or goals like finding a job in line with my degree.

Adderall is a good servant but a bad master.

Linda
3:45 am April 16th, 2015

My son went cold turkey, it was very severe and harsh. I sincerely suggest that you get good help – especially from a natural source such as magnesium oil. Spray it on you all day! It was suggested by a doctor that had dealt with this type of withdrawal…because your body is depleted. You can soak in it. Everything you described he had also. It took a while to recover. I have forgotten much of what i researched while going through that hard period (we had to move his whole family in with us). Don’t give up! You can do this! Yes, it will be hard, but you can do it! Research what it has depleted your body of. Best regards for you!

Ashlee
8:01 pm May 1st, 2015

How long should I expect to feel depressed? Also I am having a lack of appetite

Liz
10:49 pm May 9th, 2015

My husband runs out of his prescription of Adderall too soon. He ends up going about a week without anything, and has the worst anger and rage fits ever. He has been taking this medication for about a year. I just stay away from him when he runs out, because it’s the same thing month after month. I feel like a puppet on a string! He refuses to get any kind of help! He knows it’s the Adderall causing these rages, but does’t want to admit it! So frustrating!

dash
7:15 pm May 26th, 2015

yes it can be a nuisance if you have a functioning life..work school. kids.etc.. Depends on your dose duration and your body chemistry.. It does not compare to opiate,booze,benzo, withdrawal what so ever… The key is to eat healthy take suppliments and drink plenty of water… After all you are clearing a toxic substance from your body..

Nat
8:42 pm June 9th, 2015

I took a 20mg tablet 4 days ago for recreational use, intending to help myself out with my school work. After the Adderall wore off, I had major withdrawal side effects for the next two days. It is now 4 days later and I’m still feeling depression, loneliness, and emotional mood swings. On top of that, my vision seems to be impaired in a way but I cannot exactly describe how. I only took the one Adderall pill. Can anyone tell me if this is normal and if so, how long should I expect to wait for it to wear off. Losing hope, please help. Thanks

John
9:31 pm June 13th, 2015

HELP…

I took Adderall for approx 10 months. Towards the end, I was taking about 30-40 MG 5-6 times a week on average. On off days where I wouldn’t take the medication, mostly on weekends, I started to get weird tingly feelings in my face. I eventually started to experience harsher fuzzy tingly feelings in my head after taking the Adderall. A few weeks later, I had a massive panic attack that caused me to go to the ER. I had never experienced a panic attack in my life…I didn’t even know what one was before that day. I stopped cold turkey shortly thereafter and because I was never addicted to the drug, it wasn’t really difficult for me to the stop as the sheer terror of having another panic attack greatly outweighed the euphoria and “focus” I felt on Adderall. Just like the author of this post, about 2 weeks after quitting cold turkey, I started to feel phases on extreme anxiety that would come and go at random times. I just figured it had something to do with the medication and kind of stuck through it till anxiety phases went away…only to come back later. After about 3 weeks into quitting cold turkey, I had another panic attack and ended up in the ER again. I was extremely confused because I had not taken the medication in a few weeks and just figured I would go back to my normal “happy go-lucky” self.

About a month after my last panic attack and almost 2 months after quitting, with the anxiety phases still coming and going, I went back to the psychiatrist who prescribed me the medication and informed him of my issues. After listening to my story, he informed me that Adderall didn’t cause any of my issues and that I was suffering from General Anxiety Disorder. I informed the doctor that I had NEVER, EVER, ever, ever, ever…experienced any symptoms like this in my life and started to re-explain my story again, thinking he might not have understood me or wasn’t connecting the dots as I wasn’t trying to blame him, I just wanted answers on what was happening, and when it would be over so I could get back to normal. The doctor again informed me that I had General Anxiety Disorder that seemed to just so happen to start showing symptoms at the same time that I was getting off of the medication. He also informed me that quitting cold turkey was not a problem because stimulants only stay in your system for a few hours. He even told me there is absolutely no such thing as Adderall withdrawal. He eventually took it a step further and informed me there was no such thing as amphetamine withdrawal period. He then gave me a prescription for an anti-depressant. I was of course EXTREMELY CONFUSED as I wasn’t looking to get more drugs and just wanted to go back to being my normal self. I left his office, but never picked up the prescription. I later did online reviews on that doctor and saw that other people had also ended up in the ER after using other medication that he prescribed. He has since retired and I can no longer contact him (not that I would want to) for advice.

SO HERE IS MY QUESTION…

It’s been about 5 months since I quit cold turkey and I still am experiencing days when I have bouts and phases of extreme anxiety…to the point where my head has felt tingly, my neck has gotten hot and sensitive, cold sweats, eye soreness, general uneasiness, etc. At some points, the symptoms have gotten so bad that they only thing I could do is lay on my couch and wait for it to stop. I have not had a panic attack since the last one I mentioned about 3 months ago and I feel that my symptoms have lessened very, very slowly…however they seem to keep coming back at random times and are extremely strong during some of those “rebound” phases. I would like to know if anyone has experienced these issues also after quitting. I would also like to know if anyone who has experienced these issues have eventually reached at point where they were back to normal, no longer feeling the phases of random anxiety.

Thanks for listening…I really appreciate any input anyone has. : )

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