Adderall is neither a medical nor a legal narcotic. However, Adderall is a controlled substance and its use is enforced by the DEA. We explore more about Adderall’s use and legal classification here.
Yes. Adderall shows up on standard drug tests because Adderall contains several kinds of amphetamines. More about different types of Adderall drug tests here.
YES and NO. Adderall is a legal narcotic and Schedule II drug. But Adderall is not a medical narcotic. More on narcotic definitions and Adderall as a narcotic here.
Yes, you can die from taking Adderall. But the risk of sudden death from Adderall’s effects on the cardiovascular system is low. More on reported cases of sudden death as well as how to avoid sudden death risk factors for Adderall here.
No and yes. Adderall is not speed, but they act the same way in the brain. More on differences between Adderall and speed here. 1. Adderall contains amphetamines. 2. Speed contains methamphetamine.
Yes. You can get addicted to Adderall. Are you? Learn more about how Adderall affects the brain and who’s most likely to get addicted to amphetamines here.
When taken as prescribed, Adderall increases dopamine slowly in the brain. But you can get high on Adderall in high doses, or by crushing, snorting or injecting it…while Adderall addiction risk increases. More here.
A complete guide on what to expect during Adderall withdrawal. Info on dangers, causes, symptoms and duration of Adderall withdrawal here.
Help for Adderall withdrawal includes detox, assessment and treatment. No medications exist for Adderall withdrawal yet. Learn more about possible future medicines and recommended therapies for Adderall withdrawal treatment here.
Consult your doctor before you stop taking Adderall Before we begin a discussion about how long it takes to withdraw from Adderall, we first need to mention the need for medical supervision if you want to stop taking Adderall. Firstly, withdrawal from Adderall can occur even for people who take amphetamines as prescribed. Secondly, people […]
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