Saturday October 25th 2014

How much Adderall is too much?

Maximum safe daily doses of Adderall are 40 mg/day for children and 70 mg/day in adults. However, doctors prescribe Adderall based on individual tolerance and health issues. In this article, we’ll look at the safe amounts of Adderall as well as how much Adderall is too much and can cause overdose. Your experiences, comments, and questions about Adderall are welcomed at the end.

Adderall strengths

Adderall is a stimulant medication used to treat ADHD and narcolepsy.  Adderall is available as both an immediate release tablet, taken several times a day, and extended release capsule.  Adderall narcotic Schedule II drug by the Controlled Substances Act, as amphetamines have a high risk of abuse and related addiction but still have a known medical use.

How much Adderall is safe?

Because Adderall is a mixture of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine, two very powerful stimulants, it’s necessary to be cautious when determining the ideal dosage for an individual. Even at normal therapeutic doses, Adderall can be a risky medication. It can exacerbate heart problems and cause stroke or sudden death in some people. Generally, Adderall doses begin low and then increase according to therapeutic need and individual tolerance. Following are some general Adderall dosing guidelines for children and adults.

Safe Adderall children doses – Adderall is taken starting at 2.5 mg daily for children under age 6 with ADHD. For children older than six, 5 mg is the starting dose. This is gradually increased over time, but Adderall isn’t given to children in doses larger than 40 mg/day.

Safe Adderall adult doses – Adults might take anywhere from 5 mg to 60 mg of Adderall per day. Usually, this is taken as several pills throughout the day. But even 30 mg might be too much for a particular person. However, in some people, especially those with chronic exposure to Adderall, up to 500 mg can be tolerated. 70 mg in one day is considered the maximum safe does, although this is generally not prescribed.

How much Adderall can you take at once?

You should never take more Adderall than prescribed by a doctor, due to the unpredictable nature of adverse Adderall reactions and Adderall overdose. 30 mg is the maximum recommended dose at any one time, but this can be a dangerously high amount, particularly in children and teens.

How much Adderall to overdose?

It depends. Some people who habitually abuse amphetamines have managed to take up to 15,000 mg of Adderall per day without dying. But for most people that would be far too much. Generally, 20-25 mg/kg of a person’s body weight is considered a fatal dose, so how much you can take depends on your body type and general health. Still, you can experience severe adverse reactions such as heart and lung problems at much lower doses. And some people will overdose on Adderall at lower doses regardless of body mass.

Toxic levels of Adderall in the system

You can achieve toxic levels of Adderall in the system by taking it orally. But it’s much easier to overdose by taking Adderall in ways other than prescribed. Crushing the Adderall and snorting it, or dissolving it in water and injecting it, increases your risk of overdose. This is especially true in the case of the extended-release varieties of the drug – the full dose it not intended to be taken all at once, and it’s dangerous to do so.  And although mixing Adderall and alcohol doesn’t affect they way that Adderall works in the body, it can lead to alcohol poisoning or alcohol related accidents.

How much Adderall is fatal?

How much Adderall is fatal depends on the situation. In children, doses over 30 mg can be fatal. In adults, it’s higher and depends on an individual’s size. For instance, a 150 lb adult would need to take about 1360 mg of Adderall to be fatal. Overdose and severe adverse reactions, including heart and lung problems, can occur at much lower doses. And some people will fatally overdose at lower doses regardless of body mass.

How much Adderall should I take?

You should take the amount of Adderall prescribed to you by your doctor. Never take more than recommended by a medical professional, and only take this oral medication as directed.

Too much Adderall questions

Do you have a question about taking too much Adderall or other Adderall use questions? Please let us know. We are happy to try to answer your Adderall questions but if we cannot, we will refer you to someone who can.

Reference Sources: TOXNET: Amphetamine
FDA Medication Guide: Adderall XR
Medline Plus: Dextroamphetamine and Amphetamine

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61 Responses to “How much Adderall is too much?
jessica
3:17 pm June 18th, 2012

Does anyone know the source of this information:
Adderall Dosage for Narcolepsy
The dosage of Adderall for adults with narcolepsy is usually 5 mg to 60 mg per day (divided up into two or three doses). For people 12 and older, the starting dose of Adderall for narcolepsy is 10 mg daily (increased by 10 mg per week if needed).
I suffer from Narcolepsy and my insurance will now not approve Adderall because it is not an approved medication by the FDA as treatment for Narcolepsy even though I have been on it for years. I contacted the FDA and they confirmed this and I am trying to find some documentation that states Adderall is used to treat Narcolepsy so I can appeal the insurance company’s decision.

4:48 pm June 21st, 2012

Hi Jessica. Check out the Hazardous Substances Data Bank entry on amphetamines: http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/sis/search/f?./temp/~F98uR6:1:ther I see two firm references to Adderall (amphetamine salts) as documented for use in the treatment of narcolepsy. Does this help?

sara
12:32 am August 7th, 2012

hello,

i haven’t been on adderall for very long, this is my second prescription.

i have been prescribed 10.2 ml of adderal taken twice daily. the last 3 days, i have prob taken 50-70ml through out the day to feel the affect. i am now reading a bunch of websites explaining how awful this drug is, an i am sorta uneasy with it all. i did not take it today, because i wanted to cleanse out my body, and get to a normal point. my head feels clouded, shortness of breathe, my vision feels off, i have points of being paranoid, my scalp and skin are tingling, i feel extremely weak, and exhausted (like how imagine an over weight un-active super un-healthy person would feel) i am afraid i may have done some damage to my body, but i don’t want to be overly dramatic so i am trying to get some perspective. maybe this is a silly question, but do you think i’ve done some damage to my brain or any other organ? will my body ever replenish itself?
also, since i took more the last 3 days than my recommended dose, does this mean when i start taking it again (depending on what my studies and questions show) will the recommended dose the dr. prescribed be un-affective, because i build up a tolerance….?

thank you! any an all responses are appreciated.

1:59 am August 8th, 2012

Hi Sara. Thanks for your questions!

1. Do you think I’ve done some damage to my brain or any other organ?

Not if you’ve been taking Adderall for so short a time. The adverse effects listed in drug labels of prescription amphetamines include disturbances of mood and behavior in addition to cardiac and gastrointestinal effects. However, most of these adverse events are considered “time-limited”, resolving rapidly after you stop taking Adderall.

Although most adult patients use amphetamines effectively and safely, occasional case reports indicate that prescription use can produce marked psychological adverse events, including stimulant-induced psychosis. Early amphetamine treatment has been linked to slowing in height and weight growth in some children. Overall, there is concern about risk for slowed growth in young patients who are dosed continuously, and for substance abuse in patients first medicated in late adolescence or adulthood.

2. Will my body ever replenish itself?

Yes. Once a body that is dependent on Adderall has detoxed from amphetamine, the system should return to normal.

3. Since I took more Adderall the last 3 days than my recommended dose, does this mean when i start taking it again (depending on what my studies and questions show) will the recommended dose the Dr. prescribed be un-affective, because I built up a tolerance….?

It takes more than a few days to increase tolerance in the long run. I’d suggest that you return to normal dosing and not increase your dose until your doctor OKs it.

sara
12:55 am August 11th, 2012

Thank you so much!!!!
this eases my mind greatly. i appreciate it.

i also have another question…
after i posted these questions, i was told that adderall ages you… is this true? i am only 25, an i def wouldn’t want premature aging going on. i eat healthy, exercise daily, and drink plenty of h20. i tried to research it, but all the info i found was just speculation.

1 more question if you don’t mind….

are there specific foods i should eat in the come down, to replace any nutrients the medication may have depleted me of..? are there certain vitamins i should be taking as well…?

thank you very much!

Reese
10:22 pm August 29th, 2012

I have been on everything for narcolepcy nothing seems to last, right now I’m taking 120 mg a day, it was working for the first couple of weeks but now seems to wear off after an hour and then I’m fighting to keep awake. Does anyone know of somebody taking more than this? it’s worries me to take more but I don’t know what else to do and my doctor doesn’t want to give me more than 120 mg a day.

1:13 pm September 4th, 2012

Hi Reese. As you probably already know, narcolepsy has no cure. However, lifestyle changes and other therapies can relieve many narcolepsy symptoms. If Adderall is not working for you, you might try a medicine that helps make up for the low levels of hypocretin in your brain or medicines used to treat depression. You can learn more about narcolepsy treatment by searching for the keywords: “site:.gov narcolepsy treatment” in your internet browser.

terra
6:48 pm September 8th, 2012

Hi…i have been prescribed aderrall for about 13months now 10mg daily, the past 2 months i have noticed my tolerance has gone up so i have taken more gradually throughout the day…it has started to scare me because 3 days ago i reached highest dose in 1 full day that i have ever taken (75mg not at once-throughout day) and 2 days ago i noticed a pins and needles type feeling throughout my body (very faint thou and comes and goes) with a numbness feeling in my feet and hands (if im moving around i dont feel that but once i sit or lay down they feel numb but arnt like a overtired feeling or like if u were laying on your arm all night and it was stiff kinda feeling….i have since only taken 2-3 and am gradyally goin to take less….will this feeling subside once i stop the high dose?…how long will it take?….thank you Terra

11:43 am September 9th, 2012

Hello Terra. The symptoms that you describe can be caused by taking too much Adderall. However, they can also be present during other medical conditions. Does your prescribing doctor know about the situation? IF not, I’d suggest that you call for a phone consult ASAP.

I’d suggest that you taper the dosage, as planned, and with the supervision of your prescribing doctor. It’s possible that the sensations stop when you get within a good therapeutic range for Adderall. And they should not return. However, if the sensations of pins and needles are still present, your body may be going through another condition that requires diagnosis.

terra
3:06 pm September 10th, 2012

Thank you for your prompt response…no my doc does not know but i go back beginning of october for my next refill so i think i will let him know then – im jus afraid he may cut me off altogether and that would stink because adderall has done such wonders for me…i realize there is an issue and am correcting it as we speak…i have another question thou…i went a full day and half witout any adderal almost week ago and still had feeling – if it was from aderall dont u think it would of went away then?..or is it because it was still in my system?…also, my diet has gotten worse (aderall makes me not hungary) so i wonder if that could be an issue as well…past few days i have been taking only 30-40mg and eating alot better…the numbness feeling seems to have subsided some. And the tingley pins and needles feeling comes and goes ( i did nitice the.numbness was worse when i was taking 75mg ….i dont know what it is but im gonna keep tapering and eating healthier and see what happens over next couple weeks and if its nit gone by time i see my doc i will definately mention it….after all my bidy is used to only taking 10-20mg daily for almost a year and its only been past couple months that i have increased my dose so not sure if that has anything to do with it…i did notice the feeeling started day after i had taken 75mg for 1st time….thanks fir your inout it helps alot. Terra

Jenny
3:49 am September 28th, 2012

My doctor prescribed Adderall XR a little over a month ago. I have fibromyalgia, which causes extreme, unrelenting fatigue as well as serious concentration issues (“fibro fog”). The hope was that a low dose of Adderall would enable me to stay awake and concentrate through college classes.

The doctor started me on 10mg of Adderall XR once every morning. It worked great but started to wear off about halfway through my day, leaving me exhausted for the last half of my classes. At my follow-up appointment on Tuesday, my doctor decided to increase the dose from 10 of XR once a day to 20 of IR twice a day – a total increase of 30mg within one day. I thought that was a little much, but figured she was the doctor, so she knew what was safe.

I started the increased dose yesterday morning, and by the end of my first class, my resting heart rate was hovering between 120-130 and I was out of breath. I struggled through it for a few hours until I decided to go home. While walking up the stairs to my apartment, I started experiencing awful, stabbing chest pain. Within an hour or so my resting rate was about 150. My husband rushed me to the ER where they immediately took me back and started fluids and aspirin and did an EKG. The EKG showed sinus tachycardia (normal but increased rhythm) so the ER doc decided it was because of the Adderall combined with a possible underlying heart condition.

The thing is, I have had episodes of (mostly exercise induced) tachycardia and difficulty breathing in the past, before I ever started Adderall. I’ve seen a cardiologist, and they never found the cause. Now I’m worried that jumping from 10mg to 40mg has exacerbated whatever is going on. I was released from the ER around 4 this morning and am still having symptoms. My heart rate has decreased a bit but is still about 120 resting.

When my doctor initially recommended Adderall, she mentioned insomnia, tics, and decreased appetite as the side effects. She never asked anything about previous heart conditions or heart rate issues, so I didn’t even think about it. Should she have prescribed such a huge increase within the span of one day? I am also taking Effexor (venlafaxine) and Elavil (amitriptyline), which I read today can interact with Adderall and increase the effects. I’m worried that this doctor had no concern for my health and safety here.

Is it generally dangerous to go up on the dose so quickly, and/or to take Adderall with my other medications?

Sorry for such a long post, and thanks!

3:01 pm September 29th, 2012

Hi Jenny. Regardless of indication, amphetamines should be administered at the lowest effective dosage and dosage should be individually adjusted according to the therapeutic needs and response of the patient. It seems possible that your doctor was working on a few assumptions and not covering all necessary protocol during prescription.

Are you considering legal action?

sarah
9:29 pm September 30th, 2012

hi, i have just been prescribed adderall a 2 days ago. 20 mills once a day but on the second day i took another one in the afternoon cause i was tired and had a party to go to. I live in a halfway house and one of the staff said i was acting funny so i had to do a drug test. Would it show that i took a extra one?I I’m really worried and don’t wanna get kicked out.

2:28 pm October 2nd, 2012

Hi Sarah. First of all, only take Adderall as prescribed. It’s illegal to take “an extra one” and while use may not show up precisely in terms of dosage on a halfway house drug screen (especially if it’s a dipstick), your doctor will probably be testing you regularly to be sure that you’re taking it as prescribed.

DuBZ
8:26 pm October 11th, 2012

Terra, its sounds to me that the symtoms your are explaining are signs of high blood pressure, aderall when taken in large does ex: 75mg will make your blood pressure climb from the rush the body receives from the medicine. maybe try an otc blood pressure pill with your dose when you have to take higher doses. I do take adderall tho im am not prescribe it because i have no medical insurance “lets just say i was prescribed it a while ago and no longer have the insurance to get it legally” Back to what i was saying yesterday i took 90mg and i had the same sensation your explained even down to it only receading only when i stand up, but sitting down my body would tingle and i would get stomach craps ( from not eatting before taking meds duh!!) I also noticed my head felt like an overinflated ballon only when i laid down tho as if all the blood woud stay in my head which caused me sevre headaches, well i just walked it off and stayed calm ( the key with adderal) if you freak out when you do higher dose then recommend it will only boost your blood preasure more causing stress and strain on your heart (a.k.a heart attack or stroke are next after these traits.) anyways i hope this helps you out trying googling aderall effects and you’ll see what i mean.

Jennifer
9:24 pm October 26th, 2012

I am just curious. I’ve been taking the generic of Adderall XR and my body was adjusting to the side effects over the past 2 months. I actually notice with the ADHD medicines I’ve tried that as my body gets used to the new medicine, the side effects seem to go away with time (about 2-3 months). Today, I took my medicine 40 mg and I felt like the dose was doubled. I did not take more than I normally take but I experienced intense side effects which I did not experience to this degree since I started taking it. There were additional side effects I did not experience before with this medicine as well. My mouth and throat were really dry (like normal but worse), my heart was racing (which after a few weeks did not happen anymore), my stomach was a little upset, I had the shakes, I felt like I was high–my body felt like jell-o and I just didn’t feel right and felt overall funny, and kind of dizzy and lightheaded. I also had to pee a lot (which usually happens to me when I try new meds but hasn’t with this one at all until today).

I think that the capsule had a very high level of concentrated medication in it. Is that possible? Because, if so that is a scary thought. Not to mention that normally, I do not feel the dose is strong enough for me. Today, it felt completely opposite.

Could my theory be correct? I took my normal dose as I do everyday.

9:39 am November 5th, 2012

Hi Jennifer. I’d suggest that you immediately report these symptoms to your prescribing doctor. Cardiac events provoked by amphetamines like those that you describe are not to be taken likely. You need a medical opinion.

John
8:52 am November 7th, 2012

Hey I usually pull all nighters for exams about once a month. I usually take the 20 mg but also have some tens from a previous prescription. If I took a 20 mg at 8 pm and started to crash around 4 am…. Would it be ok to take a 10 mg until my exam at 8 am then crash afterwards? I am still kind of weary about the side effects of this drug since I only started using it regularly a couple months ago. Some of my friends take one before work at 9 am, then another at 8 pm for an all nighter then follow up with another for exams for the day then crash. This cant seem healthy….

12:25 pm November 7th, 2012

Hi John. We do not advise on the non-prescription use of Adderall.

Sam
10:53 pm November 17th, 2012

I’ve had a prescription for Adderall XR 40 mg for about 4 years now to help me cope with ADD, and until recently it had been doing wonders for my ability to focus and prioritize tasks.

During this past summer I had a job that required me to wake up at 6 in the morning during the week, and because I generally have a great deal of difficulty waking up in the morning, and despite being fully aware of the detrimental effects on my overall health, I began regularly abusing Adderall during the week, and to avoid running out/to maintain the level of focus I believed I needed/to recover from the elevated dose, I wouldn’t take any Adderall during the weekend. I’d take 20-40 mg before going to bed, wake up a few hours later because of the Adderall, and then take another 40 mg before heading off to my job to make it through the rest of the day.

After 3-4 months of this kind of abuse, I accepted that I was dangerously abusing Adderall, and resolved to end my abuse and only take the prescribed 40 mg a day, which was surprisingly easy to do, aside from the returning difficulty waking up in the morning. Unfortunately, my ADD symptoms are no longer alleviated at all when I take my daily dose-the only symptoms I experience are the wakefulness and lack of appetite.

I’ve read online that safely(gradually decreasing dosage to zero) stopping your Adderall usage and not taking Adderall for a period of time to allow the brain to recover from the abuse is recommended. Does this seem feasible for me given the length and extent of my abuse? If so, how long might it take for me to fully recover to the point where I can begin taking Adderall again to deal with my ADD symptoms?

12:25 pm November 19th, 2012

Hi Sam. Quite truthfully, I’d suggest that you disclose the abuse to your prescribing doctor. Rather than try to “re-set” your tolerance to Adderall by withdrawing from it and staying off for a period of time, there may be another clinical recommendation that you haven’t considered. Given that you’re taking Adderall as recommended now (and HIPPA confidentiality laws), this seems the best course of action.

Kelley
3:37 am December 11th, 2012

Hello, My son has been taking Adderall XR since he was in 1st grade… His dosage started very small and over the years has increased to now 25 mg per day. He is now 15 years old and is in 10th grade. I am beginning to get concerned with this medication. I’ve notice his blood pressure is high at times when it should not be and since he has hit puberty, we have had repeated problems with what seems to be a beginning porn addiction… Has anyone else experienced this type of thing? My son is a good kid, but making very bad choices right now. I really think it may be time to remove this medication and just take our chances with his grades and attentiveness?? HELP please… I don’t know what to do. Should I call the pediatrician? I recently rec’d a discipline notice from his school because he searched an inappropriate item on the school PC… I am just beside myself and dont’ know what to do. I understand teenage boys are curious and want to “check stuff out” but it seems over the past 3 years I keep finding more and more things and I am thinking there may be a problem?? Of course he doesn’ think he has a problem… I am open to hear any advice!

Dorian
2:12 pm December 18th, 2012

I reall need spome answere about the legalities of driving on adderall. I was originally pulled over for reckless driving as I was in a situation where it was dangerously foggy and my car’sa lignment was way off. The police asked me if I took prescribed medication, and I said yes:naturally I was charged with DUI and the toxicology reports came back with a positve amphetamine level of 78 micrograms/liter(=/-13%) Is this an illegal amount to be driving a car? I’ve been prescribed twice30mg a day. The toxic report came back with a reading of 78 micrograms/liter (=/+13).

Kyle
2:00 am January 19th, 2013

Hi, i am prescribed 20mg xr m. Amphetamine salts, or generic “adderall.” I like to take 40mg and speed a little bit once in a while. I just zoneeee on video games or reading or something like that. Is this harmful to me? I also have abused this same medication before. I have crushed and snorted 60mg at once. I had done this a few times and my heart was a bit racey at times and i ate nothing. Come down sucked but i didnt feel much harm from it. But i dont snort anymore and i never take more than 40 bcuz 60 is just too much, i would speed for 14 hours or so. Am i doing harm do u think by taking 40mg?

virginia
6:42 pm January 26th, 2013

Took 12.5 mg of Adderall 1st dose at 4:00 pm decreased heart rate to average 68 resting after a couple hours. went to bed was corncerned about possibility of sleeping would decrease further resting in bed 65-54 pulse.? I am 43 year old female. No known health problems.

9:34 am January 28th, 2013

Hi Virginia. If this is your first dose and you’re experiencing these side effects, write them down, including onset time and duration, and report them immediately to your prescribing doctor or pharmacist. Seek a professional medical opinion and take steps accordingly. Maybe Adderall is not the medication for you.

Sarah
11:24 pm February 7th, 2013

I stopped taking Adderall about a year and half ago after developing a serious addiction/abuse problem for about 5 years. The serious side mental side effects went away quickly after stopping (e.g. paranoia, illogical thought patterns, etc), but I have noticed that my brain does not function as well as it did prior to taking Adderall. For instance, I have a much more difficult time with memory and attention. Have I damaged my brain permanently or will it likely heal itself with time. I recognize that this is a relatively new drug, so longitudinal studies will be few and far between, but are there any that you could point me to that touch on long term effects of Adderall on brain damage? Thank you, Sarah.

8:16 am February 9th, 2013

Hi Sarah. Check out this study: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2769923/ and search the NCBI database using the keywords “Adderall and brain”. You can also search for similar keywords on Google scholar. Let me know if you need more help.

Natalie
11:03 pm February 18th, 2013

So i have been taking adderall (not prescribed) for a few years now. Sometimes alot heavier periods of time where ill take it alot, then sometimes not at all. Lately I have been taking it a lot, 30-60 mg a day. I am a smoker, and I weigh about 120 pounds & 19 years old. Please let me know how serious this can be health wise. an email response would be great. Thanks i appreciate it

2:03 pm February 19th, 2013

Hi Natalie. Researchers have not yet reported on the long term effects of taking Adderall . As for the prescription amount, as long as you are taking Adderall under medical supervision, the doses can be monitored by your prescribing physician. Of course, quitting smoking is the best thing that you can for your health. Period!

Daniel
8:01 pm March 14th, 2013

I think my father is becoming addicted to adderall. He found out I had ADHD and since he doesn’t understand the mechanism of the neurochemistry there he thought that getting some would be a magic brain pill for him.

He convinced himself he has ADHD even though I see no signs. He was able to sit still for long periods. He didn’t blurt things out. He has a successful technical position at his job. Although he asked me what my symptoms were so he could have claimed those symptoms to the doctor. I don’t know.

The doctor started him at 20 mg, twice a day. For the first 5 days his description of its effects were unremarkable. He seemed disappointed by the lack of effect. However my observation of him on the medication is that he can’t sit still, he is more talkative than before and he is more aggressive.

The only things he noticed were that it made him feel euphoric, assertive and creative but he did not comment on increased ability to focus. He stated he thought that 20/mg at a time was too low of a dose for him.

So now he has moved up to 40 mg in the morning w/o checking with the doctor. He says it’s a big breakthrough. He even recommended I move up to 40 mg at a time. He says it gives him “an edge.” To me he just looks high.

I have a strong case of ADHD according to my doctors. I weigh more than him and am 35 years younger. 20 mg sedates me – I talk less, I move around less, I can focus and read much more effectively as in clearer not faster. So the fact that he is taking 40 mg to me is a bad sign.

What do you think?

2:04 pm March 15th, 2013

Hi Daniel. My personal opinion is to follow your gut instinct. It DOES sound like your father is abusing Adderall. Now what to do? I’d suggest that you consult with a psychotherapist or counselor who specializes in addiction treatment. The best thing could be to plan an informal or formal intervention. But your father may be strong in denial. So you’ll need a full plan of how to deal with him emotionally. Does that help?

Daniel
9:26 pm March 19th, 2013

Yes, that helps. I thought it was just me. He’s had an addictive personality and drinks alcohol for the false confidence it provides. When he said he was going to try adderall I knew he was going to be in trouble. He quickly caught on to the sense of assertiveness it gave him and the confidence it gives him as far as the “unrejectability” of his comments and things he does no matter what he says and does while on it. He got sick with a bad cold and stopped taking it (at least for now) the night after I told him the toll it could take on his body. I’ll keep an eye on him for signs he’s gotten back on it, and if so I will plan an intervention.

LunarAssault
5:25 pm April 4th, 2013

I am 21 years old, I started taking adderall just after I turned 17. I never knew I had ADHD but I always knew something was wrong. When I was 15 I went through a terrible depression with no real catalyst, and started seeing some really out-of-character behavior problems. I remember at that time, the best I had ever done in school was art class in 3rd grade, and I got a C. Looking back now, I know a lot of my problems growing up were due to my undiagnosed ADHD. When I was 16, a friend of mine gave me 30mg of adderall XR, and being a kid, I thought “Why not?” So I took it, and I got the highest grade I had ever received on a math test in my entire school career up to that point. So I went home and told my mom, so she took me to be tested. It was a 3-day procedure and at the end, the psychiatrist told my mom she could not believe no one had caught the symptoms before. I within a month I was started on Adderall XR, and gradually increased to 20mg, then 40, and by the end of my senior year I was taking 50mg daily, and I was a straight A student. I graduated high school and started my first semester at a community college, had to teach myself fractions and how to write a proper essay because I never actually learned in school, and by the end of that year I was up to 60mg a day, still a straight A student. Within a year I was teaching chemistry and math to the learning disabled student as the college, taking calculus 3, and applying for the Chemical Engineering program at UMass Amherst, and taking 70mg of adderall a day. I was accepted, and well here I am. But, I don’t know what is wrong with me.. I’m not doing as well as I had expected, and the adderall is hardly working for more than 4 hours. I talked to my doctor and she switched me to concerta, 72mg a day. I do like that it actually lasts the whole 12 hours, but still, its not getting me “there.” I use to sit in the library for 12-14 hours doing homework and I would reach this level of clarity that, for someone who grew up wanting to work for NASA but never even entertained the notion, and now is in a place where it is absolutely possible, that focused changed my life. And now its gone… I wake up ready to start the day, I take my medication, and ever night I leave the library disappointed, I go to sleep feeling like I felt in high school when I wanted to study for my chemistry exam, but I either forgot to do it, or it was physically impossible to sit still and do it. I feel lost, I feel tricked, like someone gave me a brain and then stole it from me. I feel stupid. Why does it take me 6 hours to do one homework question? I know I need a higher dose of my medication, but I am already taking the highest dose available. I don’t want to abuse the drug, I don’t want to become addicted lose the possibilities I’ve earned for my life. But if I fail in school, which is presently happening, then I won’t achieve those dreams anyway… What am I supposed to do?

6:24 am April 10th, 2013

Hi Lunar. It’s possible that you have become dose-tolerant to the effects of the stimulants and can no longer achieve the same initial therapeutic effects as earlier. Speak with you prescribing doctor about this, and perhaps consider lowering or eliminating the drug from your system for some time and re-introducing it. Be careful, however, that you are ONLY using amphetamines for ADD or ADHD. Your understanding of the effects it has on performance suggest otherwise…and can lead to addiction.

Wyatt
9:38 am May 2nd, 2013

Hey I’m not a doctor I’m actually only 16 but I have HD/HD to not as bad as you I can see and I’m still in highschool so I can say from experience but it seems to me that your body probably is already relying on it I mean I don’t know your life but 4 years of constantly taking adderall, I’ve only been taking it for few months now, this may sound stupid , but my mom always says its not a miracle drug, I’m not trying to scare you in anyway because I’m still learning about it, and I no how you feel I messed up freshman year I can’t any read a book to, but what I try to do is maybe use adderall sometimes with my homework and reading , but I spend hours trying it without it, because out in the work world which you’ll be there soon you might not able and depend on adderall. And plus I know you prob know about the side effects putting that into your body for years, and now I’m not trying to scare you I’m only 16 haha but there could be long term effects if you keep relying on it. I don’t know who you are but EVERY things gonna be fine. Good luck with the NASA thing I think that’s rad

Wyatt
9:47 am May 2nd, 2013

And one other thing I know I’m not a doctor but maybe your brain has just got so use to the adderall helping you contain information, and i don’t know why I thought of NASA but good look with becoming a chemical engineer. And one more fact that you prob already know is every 10 hours half of the life of adderall leaves your body.

BK
12:08 am May 6th, 2013

Adderall helps with ADD, but after all that you still have to deal with life and growing up. You’re probably away from home for the first time, learning to prioritize your time given all the new demands on it, having to address all the insecurities you hidden away, and dealing with the reality that there are a lot of smart people out there in a good four year college. Approach these life challenges with the same confidence that you did your studies. By the way, a lot of people have a tough time getting used to college.

PB
5:25 pm May 8th, 2013

Hi,
I’m 47, male, very healthy and fit, went to my doctor for a physical and asked him for Adderall. I was told that it could help me focus as in the past few years my work has suffered and various personal relationships. I’m not sure if it’s mid life, the internet, living a more unstructured lifestyle (divorced for 2 years), etc that did this to me as of late. Work productivity was my main priority. My doctor gave me 30 days at 20mg and only asked me one question which was if I was having trouble getting tasks done. When I went on it, the euphoric effects were amazing. After 10 days I realized that I was more happy,less worried, but still not more productive. I also lost my sex drive, began forgetting things, and had several other minor side effects. After 12 days I went to 10mg for 3 days,then 5mg for 2 days, now I’m off for 4 days. My sex drive is back and I have no other side effects. At 5mg I was productive and content. It worked for me. My question is did it work for me because I had Adderall in my system still at a relatively high dose for a person who is a low sufferer? I want to go back on next week at 5mg and stay with it there. I think about Adderall every day, especially since at 10 and 5 it was extremely effective I feel I could be more productive at work, be a little happier, and drink less caffeine (average 3 cups of coffee a day). I’m hoping that I don’t encounter sexual problems at a dose one quarter what I was on, but I’m afraid to find out. Do you have a suggestion? Do you think I’m abusing the drug and should find better ways naturally to help me ie:yoga, therapy etc. Also note, I’ve never been on any drug in my life longer term except a small 5mg dose of cholestorl lowering drug 4 years ago for 18 months.

Faith
3:05 am September 29th, 2013

PLEASE READ AND REPLY AS URGENT AS POSSIBLE PLEASE. !!!<3<3<3
. I thought that maybe if i take 4pills o adderol. It would make me more happy. It did. In fact my mood lightened up alot. As i wanted to do. Because i went to main event and wanted to have fun. Not be sad and miss out on the good times. I got home. And now im laying down. I started to research how adderol can affect yo in high doses. And side effects. Well when i take 2 pills. I usually have a easier time to become stressed out. Higher blood pressure. Become less social. And chest kinda hurting. Well now that i too 4pills im expire cing those but more severe. I dont feel like its so bad to complain about or to worry about. But i did noticed its alot more than what happens when ictke 2or 1 pill. When couple questions. Do you think i have a problem? Should i address the problem? I really don't wanna freak my parents out more since they are dealing with my sister bout to go to jail and stuff. Is there anything i can do to help myself with letting my parents findout? Am i hrrible human being for doing all that? I know since i religous i shousl act more approiately but idek what to do sometimes wit my emotions. And i got to therapy once everytwo weeks. Should i consider going back to once every week? Should i be worried about myself. I dont feel like i have a problem. But dealing with my siste who was a meth addict and any type of drug user. I know that whecyou think you don't have a problem. You usually do have a problem. Pleae reply back.

11:59 am October 3rd, 2013

Hello Faith. No, you are not a terrible human being for wanting to feel good! But you CAN feel good without the help of Adderall. Yes, I’d suggest that you return to counseling so that you don’t feel so alone. You can work with your counselor on the Adderall use, and learn new ways to feel better without the stimulant. I feel for you!!! You are not alone!

Brittany
5:13 am January 1st, 2014

I believe i have a terrible problem with this drug. i take way more than i should and then when they wear off i cry for hours but when im on it im really happy; i break out in hives/rash all over my body and i get sores inside of my mouth. not sure if that happens to anyone else. i think iam an addict.. how do i stop? I have no insurance to go to rehab.

Unsure
11:53 pm February 7th, 2014

I have been prescribed 90 mg. Of regular release Adderal plus 60 mg regular Ritalin per day for the last5 years. I currently am about 160 pounds, 5’6″ tall, 42 year old female.

I won’t go into all the side effects, just trying share my dosage.

I pay about $200 dollars a month for my medication (90 pills of 30mg adderal plus 90 pills of 20mg Ritalin).

HOWEVER… over the last nine months, I have managed to obtain a second physician willing to write that amount.

So for nine months I take a daily dose of minimum of 150 mg of Adderall only. Within 30 days, I have ALWAYS gone thru 180 pills of Adderall at the 30mg strength. (Plus the Ritalin)-

Again I just wanted to comment on dose.

In the last 9 months

Dan
5:15 pm February 19th, 2014

The fact that you (the blog writer) are focusing on the addition of amphetamine use means that you are bringing your own preconceptions to the table about this drug being characterized by misuse. The truth is you are not an expert. There are people who are prescribed over 200mg a day and still have low resting pulse and no ill side effects. Whether or not you are willing to believe this is an effective treatment for real health problems, people take this drug to operate at a level that would be considered normal/healthy. Unfortunately if you (the figurative “you”) have been sick your whole life as most people who take the drug are, then you don’t know what it means to be normal and you don’t know what the minimum effective dose is and therefore may be willing to settle for a less then adequate dose since any treatment is better than no treatment.

Addiction is terrible, but preventing/withholding effective treatments from this sick is unethical.

tom
12:28 am February 25th, 2014

Ive been on adderall for about 2-3 months started at 20mg once a day but after a few days it had little to no effect. I talked to my dr and we changed to 15mg twice a day which worked for about a week. I used to have a drug addiction problem with alot of things but mostly opiates.. None the less no matter what drug I messed with years ago I always gained a quick tolerance expect for barbiturates. Is it possible for that is occurring now. Also I take 8mg suboxon every day. Does that afaffect adderall getting into my receptors? It didn’t when I first started and actually I took less suboxone when I first started. Also I wanted to know and done a lot of reseaech about taking vitamins but not sure about all results. Does powder protein drinks and vitamin B12 help the adderall work better in your system and help protect brain function?

Vogel
1:58 pm March 9th, 2014

I am not prescribed Adderral, but my husband is, and last night I was so tired and out of it that instead of taking my pills, I took his Adderall. I took 70 milligrams. I have ADD ( so does my husband, hence the Adderall) but I’m not taking any medication for it right now. Did I overdoes? I had a horrible headache and I vomited a few times. Now I just feel queasy and my head doesn’t hurt as bad.

Paulette Grommes
8:32 pm March 31st, 2014

I just took 6 20 mg Adderall all at once I have abused Adderall for about 6 months when I tookthe 6 Adderall did I just overdose?

JESSIE RAMOS
2:44 am April 4th, 2014

I am 31 years old and was diagnosed with ADHD in junior high and there’s been a lot of ups and downs with my learning disabilities and remembering what I read. Now my 8 yr old son was just diagnosed with ADHD TOO. I PRAYED he would’nt inherent it but he did. It did not become a huge problem till this year. He’s was doing horrible in school and then his attitude changed at home, he became very angry because he didn’t understand his school work. The teacher’s thought he needed special ed. I did not want to put him on medication but I had no options left. Now he is doing great in school and at home, now he has a chance at a better life. ONE THING I WANT TO KNOW THAT I CAN’T FIND OUT IS IF CHILDREN’S ADDERALL AND ADULTS ADDERALL IS THE SAME THING JUST DIFFERENT DOSES OF COURSE? Can any one help answer my question? Thanks so much for your time and reading my story. MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL

11:46 am April 4th, 2014

HI Jessie. Yes, children take the same combination of amphetamine salts, only in lower doses than adults. Check with your prescribing physician or call your local pharmacy for dosing schedules. Or, take a look here for more: http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2007/011522s040lbl.pdf OR http://www.cms.gov/Medicare-Medicaid-Coordination/Fraud-Prevention/Medicaid-Integrity-Education/Pharmacy-Education-Materials/Downloads/stim-pediatric-dosingchart.pdf

Kate
6:15 pm June 1st, 2014

I take 30 mg of adderal xr 2xper day
Lexapro 20 mg per day
I have taken this for 5 years.
I do much better if I take adderall 60 mg in the morning
Taking the second dose at noon doesn’t work as well?
Is this unsafe?

1:56 pm June 2nd, 2014

Hi Kate. You’ll need to check in with your prescribing physician about the safety and efficacy of a dose increase.

june
5:56 am June 7th, 2014

So I have always had an extremely high tolerance to stimulants. I live in an area where there are very few doctors or psychiatrists who will even prescribe adderall, and I pay 300 bucks an hour to the only one who will. I am currently supposed to be taking 40 mg per day and he’s not willing to prescribe more than that even I’ve explained many times but it’s just not effective at that dose. For adderall to even affect my focus or anything (I’ve had adhd forever but was diagnosed two years ago officially) I have to take 200 mg between 9 am and 4 pm. I take the XT too, and my heart rate stays the same (high 70s) and I can sleep fine.. and I didn’t really build much of a tolerance either this is how it’s always been!
What the heck is wrong with me and what do I do???

letitia
6:15 pm July 1st, 2014

i am a 52 yr old woman who suffers from both ADD and severe chronic fatigue. My new Dr. in SC prescribed me 30 mg adderall 1x daily and when I told him this was not working he wrote 20 mg. 2 x’s daily. My previous dr. was prescribing me 120mg. daily. What do I do to get this Dr. to see that I am on the verge of losing my job and flunking out of school due to bad memory/concentration and being so fatigued it takes all my energy to even walk to the bathroom. I suffered from a childhood kidney disease , ADD, and anemia, and now I suffer from ADD, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue. I don’t know what to do I cannot afford to pay 0ver 300 hr. to go back to the physciatrist who originally prescribed my adderall. Last I heard he had retired, also the ins. I now have under the Obama health care is no good. I filed my first prescription at CVS and I thought i was crazy! I felt nothing after taking my meds. I tild my Dr. and I went to Wal-Greens the next month and it was the same thing there. I have a $10 co-pay. My daughter came home and I took one of her tabs. same mg as mine and withing 30 minutes I felt alert and awake. Are these pharmaceutical companies dispensing bogus meds. to those of us who are covered under this new healthcare. The next day I took 6 of my pills at one time and told my daughter who is in her last yr. of nursing school what I was doing, this was to prove that these meds. were bull-s—. She was so angry when she saw that the medication had very little affect at all. If those pills were actually the real thing my pulse rate would have shot shy high and I would have been rushed to the hospital that is if I could have made it there without having a heart attack. What do we do about this situation? Who do we contact? I am not the only person who is complaining about this situation. If we tell our Dr.’s they are going to think we are addicts, or stop prescribing them entirely and I cannot afford that to happen. I would be back n bed where I spent most of my 40′s before my diagnosis was made. Adderall saved my life but now I am back at square one again and don’t know what to do. Please someone help me!

Floyd
6:09 pm July 23rd, 2014

I took 120mg I’m 17 prolly about 145-150 pounds and my heart it beating real fast am I going to die?

1:42 pm July 24th, 2014

Hi Floyd. Call the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 for an assessment of your health and need for emergency treatment.

kent
7:42 pm August 4th, 2014

I was first diagnosed w/ ass/adhd at 34, up untill them i has used methamphetamine since age 15. Upon diagnosis i quickly climbed to huge doses of meds. We tried everything along with combonations of everything. We found what works best fo me.is.around 200mg of adderall, 45-50mg of desoxyn or 12addereall + 60 m/p. Needless to say the FDA stepped in & f*cked up up everything for high dose.patients like myself. Currently i take 60mg of adderall + 15 mg of desoxyn, we.are curenty gonna try ambien as an adjunct but i dont have hugh hopes. So where can i fins documentation as to the sadety of hugh dos es of aderall to take to my sóc??

willa
10:58 pm August 5th, 2014

Hi . im not a prescribed User. In fact one day I was just feeling so awful and a friend of mine suggested that I take an add capsule to feel better . he promised it would help me get through the day . of course I was desperate to feel better and so I did . that day I felt so social and elated and so so happy even around people who normally irritated me . I felt a dry mouth for most of the day because I had taken it around 8am . at lunch timei wasn’t hungry . around 4pm I was starting to come down from that happy mood I was in . at nighti couldn’t sleep. I searched adderall shortly after and saw that it was all normal . I thought it would b a one time thing. A month later I felt I needed it so that friend of mine offered to sell some to me . I bought a couple and have them in case of downing days. I just recently found out that they are 40mg and so far I’ve had 6 of them since my first time. I’m sure I would know if I was getting addicted . I can hold off for a while . I only use if I really need it . I have about 5 capsules left . I just don’t know if its really dangerous for me to take the 40mg extended release capsules every now and then. Especially if I am a healthy person who is about 5ft tall, 125 lbs and 15. I would appreciate a response .

val
6:55 pm August 19th, 2014

Hi, I am currently prescribed 30 mgs of instant release adderall. At the end of the day I have a horrible headache. I will also be turning 35 and as a woman I am concerned that adderall can cause me to age faster. Any feedback would be great. Thank you.

Ivana @ Addiction Blog
11:41 am August 20th, 2014

Hi Val. I’ve actually read comments of many people who complain about aging and wrinkles since they started adderall. However, I haven’t been able to find any mediclly confirmed information on aging/wrinkles and the use of adderall. I’d suggest you discuss this with your physician. He or she would be able to determine if this is a side effect of the medication, or something else.
As far as the headaches go, Adderall is a stimulant and using it can trigger headaches in some patients.

Dre
2:03 pm September 24th, 2014

Does starting off a non-diagnosed 20 year old 150 lb male that has never medicated at 20mg of XR twice a day sound like too much?

Jen
3:00 pm October 22nd, 2014

Hello! I’ve been on Aderall ex 10mg once a day for literally two days. I don’t think I’m Add/ ADHD…but I I’ve tried two anxiety meds before this because I’ve always dealt with high anxiety that blocks my mind from clarity. The anti anxiety meds give me mood swings and this time around I went to the doctor because I could not focus on anything, I’m a grad student, about to get married, working on my thesis, I’m a teaching assistant, and I take classes. It’s a lot and I defend my thesis in December.
My first day on Aderall was a relief, this medication allowed me to for the first time since all this things came together to have a focused mind and work on what I need to work on and I didn’t feel scatterbrained for once.

I tried anti anxiety meds before…and although they lowered my anxiety…my busiest days when I needed to be focused the most these meds made me more tired than my usual self. I was so mad, because a day lost in productivity is very costly.
I had to nudge my psychiatrist to try Aderall, and now that I am, I enjoy the focusing effects, mental clarity …but I feel like the dosage may be too strong. I took a pill around 11am yesterday and I stayed up until 2am. I woke up at 8am this morning a little nauseus and was a little frightened because I had insomnia. I kept waking up. Also I feel a heaviness a little in my right arm..like a muscle ache. My face was a little flushed yesterday. I was told to drink lots of water with this med which I haven’t done much and I will.

My reason for commenting….finally is that I feel like I need to talk to my doctor about getting a lower dose. However I read everywhere that I can’t break this capsule and just take half for a full day.

I’m scared if I go back to my psychiatrist she’ll take this medication away from me and say it’s not for me. I like this medication because of the focus I get, but I know my body and how sensitive it is to medications and I can already feel it. Any suggestions?

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