You can treat Adderall withdrawal with plenty of bed rest, time off work/school, and antidepressants (if necessary). More on how to treat Adderall withdrawal here.
Thinking of withdrawing from Adderall and want to know the side effects? Read here to understand what can happen when you stop taking Adderall.
Want to withdraw from Adderall at home? Should you? Weigh the possible risks and get tips on how to withdraw from Adderall here.
Adderall addicts can get help. You can find help for Adderall addiction by calling the National Drug Abuse Hotline at 1-800-662-HELP or consulting with your doctor, a psychotherapist, a trusted friend or family member or a local treatment center. More here on finding and getting help for Adderall addiction.
While there are no FDA-approved medications used to treat Adderall addiction currently, psychological and behavioral interventions can help. More on where to find help for Adderall addiction here.
Tolerance to Adderall develops more on a weekly to monthly basis, sometimes taking up to 6 months before a doctor has to alter and change the concentration of the medication. However, amphetamines like Adderall usually take longer to develop a tolerance when used for therapeutic purposes. Adderall abuse speeds up the process. More on tolerance to Adderall here.
Adderall withdrawal symptoms include anxiety, depression, extreme fatigue, increased heart rate, and paranoia. More here on what to expect when withdrawing from Adderall.
Adderall withdrawal is a set of symptoms that manifests when you reduce Adderall dosage or quit taking Adderall completely. More here on what Adderall withdrawal feels like and what helps relieve Adderall withdrawal symptoms.
Acute Adderall withdrawal occurs within the first few days after your last dose. However, protracted Adderall withdrawal can take weeks to months to resolve. More on how long Adderall withdrawal lasts here.
Consult a doctor before you stop taking Adderall. Adderall causes strong withdrawal symptoms and can be gradually reduced over the course of several weeks. More on stopping Adderall here.
What is Adderall?
Adderall® is a medicine prescribed by doctors for the treatment of narcolepsy and ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder). Adderall is actually a brand name for the stimulant containing amphetamine and dextroamphetamine salts. Because Adderall is a medicine, it appears in the form of tablets with different shapes, sizes and colors according to its strength .
Adderall tablets exist in the following forms and strengths:
- Adderall 5 mg is a white to off-white round tablet
- Adderall 7.5 mg is a blue ellipsoid-shaped tablet
- Adderall 10 mg is a blue round tablet
- Adderall 12.5 mg is a peach round tablet
- Adderall 15 mg is an orange or peach oval tablet
- Adderall 20 mg is an orange, peach or pink round tablet
- Adderall 30 mg is a peach round tablet
Adderall is made synthetically and can be available in pharmacies and hospitals. Adderall can only be legally purchased with a properly-filled prescription made by a doctor. Despite its use as medicine, Adderall remains a highly-controlled substance and its legal use is restricted.
Adderall is composed of amphetamines which are potent stimulants, and has both therapeutic uses and potential for abuse. Doctors prescribe Adderall for the management of symptoms of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and for certain types of narcolepsy. For reasons not yet fully understood, amphetamines improve attention and focus, and reduce hyperactivity. Adderall also reduces excessive daytime sleepiness in people with narcolepsy.
Amphetamines stimulate the central nervous system, causing increased heart rate and increased blood pressure. Therefore, a person taking Adderall feels alert, invigorated and energized while under its effects. Adderall can also increase mental performance by improving focus and concentration, and induces a feeling of euphoria. People use Adderall illegally to achieve this euphoria and for improved mental capacity for tasks like studying and work. Athletes also use Adderall to illegally improve sports performance because it improves alertness, masks fatigue, and improves reaction time and concentration .
Adderall can cause side effects, many of which are detrimental to health. Adderall can cause sudden death, development of heart problems, or exacerbation of hidden pre-existing cardiovascular problems. This is the main reason why people must never use Adderall recreationally. Individuals who use Adderall for medicinal purposes should stick to the right dose and have regular check-ups to prevent these serious side effects from occurring.
A person can overdose on Adderall and experience side effects of acute intoxication. However, a person’s sensitivity to amphetamines is unique. A dose that has no effects on someone may cause intense effects on others. Furthermore, some people may overdose on very small doses of Adderall. Because amphetamines act on the central nervous system and the heart, an Adderall overdose can lead to coma and untimely death.
You can overdose on Adderall by taking it without doctor’s prescription and advice. Because Adderall is a stimulant, overdose can cause to high blood pressure, insomnia and an erratically high heartbeat. Here are a few of the signs and symptoms of Adderall overdose :
- diarrhea and abdominal cramps
- fast and bounding heartbeats and rapid breathing
- nausea and vomiting
- panic and paranoid behavior with potential for violence
- rhabdomyolysis (breakdown of muscle tissue)
- tremors and heightened reflex reactions
You should first contact a Poison Control Center when you suspect or witness (or experience) signs and symptoms of Adderall overdose. Emergency departments treat Adderall overdose by evacuating all contents of the stomach through gavage. Activated charcoal is given to absorb unabsorbed traces of the medicine. Medicines that induce defecation are given to further evacuate traces of Adderall in the gut, and the patient is sedated to counter the stimulating effects of the drug. Increased heart rate and blood pressure are countered with sedatives and antihypertensive medicines to prevent further complications. The patient is closely watched and other symptoms of Adderall overdose are addressed individually.
For more on Adderall, see:
- Adderall use
- Adderall abuse
- Adderall dependence
- Adderall withdrawal
- Adderall detox
- Adderall addiction treatment