Thursday July 24th 2014

Snorting Adderall

If you want to snort Adderall for getting high, you should know what happens in the brain and body.

Adderall shows on drug tests as an amphetamine even when snorted.  But if you have decided to crush and snort Adderall, we present the following information in the interest of harm reduction.  We review what happens in the body while snorting Adderall, as well as the dangers and safety issues of snorting Adderall.    Plus, a section for your question about snorting Adderall at the end.

Adderall: What are you really snorting?

Adderall is used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and narcolepsy. It comes as both a regular tablet and extended-release formula. Adderall’s active ingredient are dextroamphetamine and amphetamine, but Adderall also includes the inactive ingredients gelatin capsules, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, methacrylic acid copolymer, opadry beige, sugar spheres, talc, and triethyl citrate. Adderall tablets may also include coloring agents or dyes.

How does snorting Adderall affect the body?

The dextroamphetamine and amphetamine found in Adderall are central nervous system stimulants. People taking Adderall need to be monitored to make sure they don’t develop heart problems, high blood pressure, or the symptoms of mood disorders. Because of these stimulant effects, Adderall can cause a variety of health problems, including heart issues or psychiatric problems. For example, Adderall should never be used in people with high blood pressure, anxiety, thyroid issues, or heart disease. Adderall is also extremely addictive.

Adderall can cause a host of side effects with normal use. These risk of these effects increase when you snort Adderall, are mixing Adderall and alcohol, or take Adderall any other way than prescribed. Possible side effects of Adderall and ways that it affects the body include:

  • headache
  • insomnia
  • nausea, vomiting, stomach pain
  • nervousness
  • restlessness
  • uncontrollable shaking

Snorting Adderall to get high

Snorting Adderall results in the release of large doses of dextroamphetamine and amphetamine to bloodstream very quickly, particularly in the case of the extended-release Adderall formula. As a result, snorting Adderall can expose you to higher doses than through the recommended oral route of administration, which can cause very serious side effects, including seizures, heart attack, stroke, and even sudden death.

Snorting Adderall vs oral

When taken orally, Adderall drug usually only causes a high in people who are not taking it for a legitimate medical purpose – people with a sleep disorder or ADHD will not experience euphoric effects. However, there is no medical reason to snort this medication – in fact, snorting Adderall is very dangerous.

Plus, Adderall is much more effective when it’s taken orally, according to doctor’s instructions. Oral Adderall preparations are safer and cause fewer instances of adverse effects. It should never be used without medical supervision because of the seriousness of potential side effects.

Snorting Adderall side effects

Even at normal doses, Adderall can be dangerous. Severe side effects occur more often when the medication is not taken as prescribed, such as when Adderall is snorted. These effects can include:

  • chest pain
  • confusion
  • dizziness or faintness
  • difficulty in breathing and swallowing
  • irrational fears
  • hallucinations
  • mood changes, including mania or hostile/aggressive behavior
  • motor or verbal tics
  • muscle or joint pain
  • rapid, pounding, or irregular heartbeat
  • suicidal thoughts and feelings
  • seizures
  • weakness or numbness of limbs

Snorting Adderall dangers

The side effects of snorting Adderall are very serious. If you’re considering snorting Adderall, you need to be aware of the risk for serious, potentially life-threatening complications like heart attack, stroke, or seizure. But there are also other dangers to snorting Adderall that might not be so obvious.

When you snort Adderall, it can cause dizziness, paranoia, and weakness, potentially increasing your chance of being in an accident. Adderall can also harm your nasal passages. Or you might unwittingly spread disease if you share snorting instruments with other users. And the risk of becoming addicted to Adderall also increases when you snort it.

Snorting Adderall safely

Snorting Adderall is always dangerous, but it’s much worse to snort the extended-release version of the tablet, which can more easily cause overdose. While the fatal dose for adults is generally around 20-25 mg/kg, as little as 1.5mg/kg of Adderall has been known to cause death. Even if you don’t overdose, Adderall is a highly addictive medication, and long-term abuse of can cause a variety of other health problems.

Snorting Adderall questions

Do you still have questions about snorting or using Adderall? If so, please let us know. We try to respond to all legitimate Adderall questions with a personal and prompt reply. And if we cannot answer your question, we will refer you to someone who can.

Reference Sources: NHTSA Drug and Human Performance Fact Sheets: Methamphetamine (And Amphetamine)
FDA Medication Guide: Adderall XR
Medline Plus: Detxroamphetamine and Amphetamine

Photo credit: National Institutes of Health, NIAAA

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13 Responses to “Snorting Adderall
4:06 pm October 14th, 2012

My question is regarding snorting Adderall. I take it on a daily basis orally because I am prescribed. I take a 20 mg XR once a day. There was a two day period where I had to stay up very late to study. On top of the 20 mg XR, I snorted half of another 20 mg XR later in the night. I did crush up the beads first. That was the first time I had ever snorted something. The next day was very similar. I took my 20 mg XR in the morning and later in the night snorted half of another 20 mg XR. A few hours after that, I snorted the other half of the 20 mg XR. At this point I had snorted Adderall three times in two days. I am now on a break from school and not taking Adderall at all for a five day period to give my body a break. I thought it was lack of sleep that was causing my head aches, but even after catching up on sleep, I am still experiencing head aches. Is this normal when snorting Adderall?

10:08 am October 15th, 2012

Hi Alex. It is possible that you are going through Adderall withdrawal, and that the headaches and need for sleep are symptoms that manifest as an amphetamine-dependent brain/body start to normalize again without amphetamines. Have you consulted with your primary prescribing doctor about this issue? I’d suggest that you check in with a medical doctor, report the use/misuse and seek advice.

1:20 am November 7th, 2012

i have oraly taken adderall and i am not perscribed to it. I would normally only take it in the summers with one of my close friends to stay up all night and PARTYYYYYYYY but,amyways,i want to try snorting it but after reading this i am confused on wether or not i will get a high frpm it.
please tell me if i will get high or not lol.
thank you much:))

12:29 pm November 13th, 2012

Non-prescription use of Adderall can trigger euphoria, and make you feel high. Snorting Adderall makes the high quicker and more intense, although you are at higher risk of becoming addicted, as well as experiencing adverse health effects when you ingest Adderall this way. The decision is, ultimately, yours to make but we hope to appeal to your logic and ask that you take a look at why you want to get high in the first place.

12:34 pm May 16th, 2013

i storded some and feel funyynnynynynynyny

9:51 pm September 18th, 2013

So I snorted adderall for the first time last night and couldn’t sleep much because I had an irregular heartbeat, and today I still feel very slight irregularity but not nearly as bad as last night. Will I be good without treatment for it most likely, and go away over time with stopped use? It was the kind with the beads and I think it was less then 15 mg.

10:50 am September 19th, 2013

Hi Joho. Yes, acute symptoms of dose-related effects should ease after the dose has worn off. But call 1-800-222-1222 to reach the Poison Control Center in the case that symptoms persist or return.

8:38 pm October 24th, 2013

i’ve snorted adderall a few times without nasal pain. but this time it was a different 30mg pill marked “b 974″. i snorted 1/4 of a pill and my nose immediately turned to burning fire. why is that? what was in it that made it so different?

1:05 am November 19th, 2013

I take Adderall every day for my ADHD but all my friends say “if yousnort it you will get high” even though it was prescribed to me and I take it ever day will I still get high if I snort it or will it have no effect?

10:12 am January 17th, 2014

I take 37.5 mg ir daily 15 in the morning 7.5 at noon and 15 at no later than 5pm. I have insuilated at times 15mg if not more at some points. I dont do it on a regular basis but find it causing me to be more addicted to the idea of sniffing it than getting high because i dont get the recreational high people talk about. It just works with my ADD. And is very affective but i dont want to become addicted but what do i do when the good out weighs the bad? I ammore normal when i use adderall if not im all sorts of out of it and cant seem to have any motivation or desire to be successful in life “dead beat” is the term i use when i feel that way. I guess my main question is Besides adderall concerta stratera what will have similar outcome but with less desire to abuse?

9:45 pm January 18th, 2014

Hi Joniz. Good question. From my reading, amphetamine salts (Adderall) and methylphenidate (Concerta) are the current Rx drugs on the market for ADD. Perhaps consider this: while snorting Adderall may bring on effects quicker, the therapeutic effect does not last as long. So, oral ingestion is really the best for you and the treatment of ADD.

6:16 am May 29th, 2014

Ok, so a few days ago during final testing ill admit i wanted to get more with less Adderall in which i’m prescribed so i crushed and insufflated 30mg of brand name Adderall ir. It was very fine and nothing caused any what seemed to be noticeable damage to my nasal cavity but just about a half hour ago i had a pretty bad nose bleed that just came out of nowhere. Do you think that had something to do with me snorting Adderall? Btw i never had abused Adderall for recreational purposes. But, i do admit i have occasionally insufflated Adderall in the past.

8:18 am May 29th, 2014

Hello mr. Nosebleed can be related to snorting crushed Rx medications. However, there can be other causes, as well. I’d suggest a medical screen with a physician or an ENT specialist to be sure.

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