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What happens when you snort Adderall?

Thinking about snorting Adderall?

Or maybe you have been snorting Adderall and are worried about the effects it may have on your health. If so, then continue reading to understand what snorting Adderall will do to your body and the what potential adverse side effects can occur (including addiction and the need to treat addiction to Adderall). At the end, we invite any questions you may have about snorting Adderall at the end of the article.

What does snorting Adderall do?

When you snort Adderall, you release a large concentrated dose of dextroamphetamine and amphetamine into the bloodstream. This happens really quickly because Adderall is not being absorbed into the blood stream through the GI tract. Instead, Adderall is absorbed within in minutes through the mucus membrane of the sinus passes and hits the blood-brain barrier faster than if you were to take it orally. You can expect to feel a euphoric high within minutes of snorting Adderall. You may also feel extreme focus, high energy, and over excitement. However, snorting Adderall does not work as effectively for those with ADHD symptoms.  And snorting can increase the likelihood that you develop Adderall physical dependence, especially if you are snorting Adderall daily.  What are some of the other down sides?

Is snorting Adderall bad for you?

In all honesty, snorting Adderall is bad for you. You increase likelihood of experiencing advserse side effects of the medication since there is not controlled release of the medication. Possible side effects of snorting Adderall include:

  • aggression
  • chest pain
  • confusion
  • dizziness or faintness
  • difficulty in breathing
  • hallucinations
  • fears
  • mania
  • motor or verbal tics
  • muscle pain
  • rapid heart rate
  • suicidal thoughts
  • seizures

Not only will you have to contend with negative side effects, you also run the risks of contracting infectious disease from sharing a snorting implement. You are also damaging your nasal cavities hindering your ability to make mucus and killing the sense of smell.

Is snorting Adderall dangerous?

Yes, snorting Adderall is dangerous. Not only can the negative side effects greatly impact your life, certain risks can actually put you in the hospital or worse even cause death. Because Adderall is a stimulant it not only has a quicker onset but negative consequences can also occur faster. Your increased risk of drug dependency can also make withdrawal harder. You can become addicted to Adderall, which will have a great impact on your life. Is the euphoric effect, the high, the concentration energy worth the risk of psychological disorder, infectious disease, or overdose? Look for these signs of overdose as danger signs after snorting Adderall:

  • cardiac arrest
  • coma
  • excessive sweating
  • psychosis
  • rapid heart rate
  • unusual change in behavior

Is snorting Adderall effective?

Nasal administration of Adderall may be effective, but it is not recommended. Adderall works as a stimulant and has similar reactions on the body as cocaine. tf can cause paranoia or dizziness, increasing the chances of infectious disease, cause permanent nasal damage, overdose and even death. The effects of snorting Adderall to get a high or even try to effects your symptoms better are not worth the damage it does to your body.

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Can you snort Adderall ?

Snorting Adderall is more of a behavior that addicts engage in as they need to quickly get high. If this is you, you may want to treat the abuse of Adderall and explore the reasons you feel the need to snort Adderall rather than take it as prescribed. Yes, snorting Adderall acts quicker on the body. But, you also run the risk of overdose, damage to the nasal passages, and cardiac arrest. Plus, it is never recommended nor will a doctor ever prescribe that you snort Adderall.

Questions about snorting Adderall

Do you know someone who is snorting Adderall? Then they may be addicted to Adderall and may need to help Adderall addiction. Look for the signs of addiction and whether or not they need to withdrawal or seek out a treatment facility.

Do you still have questions concerning snorting Adderall? Ask us anything and we will try to get back to you personally and promptly.

Reference Sources: NCBI: Illicit Use of Specific Prescription Stimulants Among College Students: Prevalence, Motives, and Routes of Administration
Drug Fact Sheet: Stimulants
NCBI: Intracerebral haemorrhage in young adults: the emerging importance of drug misuse
Maine: Central nervous system stimulants

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39 Responses to “What happens when you snort Adderall?
lilly
2:15 am May 13th, 2014

hi, i’ve recently been diagnosed with ADHD. i’m a college student and even though i am naturally smart and consistently get good grades, i have huge problems with not only focusing but also procrastination and motivating myself on getting started and forcing myself to do things that need to get done like writing papers.

my psychiatrist has been working with me to find an appropriate medication regimen to treat my ADHD, but i’m finding that when i’m taking the medication daily as prescribed while it helps me focus if i can actually get myself to do work, i don’t get the same “boost” or motivation to start working that i used to when i was just taking adderall occasionally before i had a prescription. i’m thinking maybe this is the “euphoric high” feeling, so i’m wondering if maybe i snorted a small part of my dose it would give me that little boost of motivation to get my work started and then i’d already be on task when the rest of my extended release dose activates?

i know that when you snort a medication it’s more intense and easier to overdose, so what i’m wondering is, in case i do snort it, what would be the relative dosage?

currently i’m on focalin, so if my body can tolerate 40 mg/day orally, how much would it be able to tolerate snorted?

10:46 am May 14th, 2014

Hello Lilly. We don’t advise on dosing, as we understand snorting any drug to be drug abuse.

dawn
9:11 pm July 16th, 2014

My daughter was prescribed adderall a year ago she weighed 158 and beautiful cared about how she looked now she only weighs about 90 she also takes 2 mg xanax twice a day and buys lortab off the streets the dr has since taken her off adderall and replaced it with ritlin.Shes not my daughter idk who she is but I’m very worried about her health and state of mind I’ve been told she’s snorting these pills I don’t know where to turn.

2:19 pm July 24th, 2014

Hi Dawn. I’d suggest that you start with either your family doctor or seek out a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in addiction. You can find one via the American Psychological Association psychologist locator tool: http://locator.apa.org/

Cheri
6:40 pm November 7th, 2014

If snorting ones daily dosage, and u say it goes to the brain, will it still show up in the ones system or blood if a dr. Was checking to see I’d adderall was in the system.

6:57 pm November 19th, 2014

Hello Cheri. It depends on the type of test your doctor is using; a general panel will show different (and more general) results that an amphetamine specific drug test.

Dylan
4:19 pm November 24th, 2014

Hi, I have been using coke for a while actually, and for a party the other night we decided to do rails of adderall instead. We ended up doing about eleven or so 20mg adderall each, and two more focalin each with actually not as bad of adverse side effects as you would expect. Now I’m not condoning the use or anything, but in your opinion do you think we just got lucky? We started hallucinating a little at around two, and didn’t sleep that night but other than that we ended up alright. I’m not addicted to it, and have since stopped drugs in general, but I’m just wondering if it can be that bad, how’d we get out?

2:20 pm December 3rd, 2014

Hi Dylan. There was potential risk in what you did. Each organism and each body response is different, so I cannot know why you managed to be just fine. But, please, for your own safety don’t attempt this kind of activity again.

Eden
7:32 pm June 12th, 2015

If you will snort adderal among with drinking alcohol can it get more dangerous than it is usually ?
For a person that never snorted adderal but took it already 3 times for studies missions ?

Adderall Acheiver
9:51 pm July 23rd, 2015

I snort ritalin/ adder all if I need it in and out of my system faster. This is useful before bed if you need another 2 hrs of study and not 4-6. Never caused a problem. 4.0 GPA college pre-health professional. I have never won more awards, scholarships or prestigious positions on campus than when I am taking stimulants. I have a 140IQ but it is hard to harness and control it without enabling my attention to keep up with my thoughts. Very empowering drug. Can study 4 hrs the night before major exams and ace them. Without ritalin, I get more like a 3.5 and can’t do anything else. Considering I am shooting for a career where only 100 people enter the residency each year in the USA, I think ill take my chances this way.

david n
9:45 pm August 14th, 2015

I have a girl friend who takes adderall and snorts and’ smokes crack.

Arianna
6:22 am August 16th, 2015

Hi , I am perscribed adderall by my doctor for my ADHD , I usually take it every day for college (by swallowing it) and it usually takes about an hour to kick in . My friend insists that if I snorted it , it would kick in much faster and cause a high and euphoria . is this true ? Thanks in advance

11:29 am August 17th, 2015

Hello Arianna. As you can read in the text above, Adderall snorting can cause euphoria, but has a lot of ugly side effects. Needless to point out that taking your medication in any amount or route other than prescribed is considered abuse and is illegal.

Dyanna
2:27 pm August 22nd, 2015

Hi, my husband and I don’t know where to turn or what to do. Our daughter, actually his daughter, my step daughter was addictive to prescription vicoden for a long time, taking also, xanax, oxycontin, any pain med she could get her hands on or steal from family. She, {supposedly} cleaned herself up after major problems, I won’t get into, and that was ten yrs ago. We thought she was on the right path finally, but it seems it has started all over again. She has basically tossed her two teenage daughters and live in {for 19 yrs} aside for another. She says bc she isn’t happy. Ok, we can understand that, but attacking her 16 yr old, choking her, repeatedly slapping her in the face, kicking her in the stomach is not normal behavior. We found out last evening from her live in that she has been snorting adderell and he has tried to get her to stop. Evidentally this has been going on for a while. She presents with sores all over her face and different places on her body, which to me signified she was on meth again, her behavior has done a complete about face. She is 37 and we can’t force her into drug rehab, so what do we do, just sit back and watch her die, because that is where she is headed. We have told our granddaughters to move in here with us, one age 17 in a few weeks and the other, age 13, so we can make sure they get to school, after school activities, and try to regain a normal life. We are now worrried about the oldest bc she says if this is what life is, she doesn’t want to be in it anymore, and according to the youngest, the mother has always mistreated the oldest. What do we do?

Hank
2:40 am August 23rd, 2015

Dawn, it’s been a year – how is your daughter?

Carolyn
5:26 pm August 26th, 2015

Does snorting adderial or cocaine cause sinus infections? My husband says he has stopped snorting but it seems like he gets sinus infections or they sound like infections with a cough.

Gabriel
5:29 pm August 27th, 2015

I have two problems with the above infographic.

1. Dopamine is not a cell. It’s neurotransmitter that is used BY CELLS to communicate.

2. Neither of the drugs listed above, Ritalin and Adderall, are methylphenidates; they are amphetamines. Though prescribed to treat the same symptoms, methylphenidates are an entirely different class of stimulant.

4:45 pm August 31st, 2015

Hi Gabriel. This is not our picture. We have taken it from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) as a resource and you can view the full image here http://www.hhs.gov/asl/images/t060726aimg02.JPG. Also, stimulant methylphenidate medications include the brand names Concerta, Methylin, Ritalin, Medikinet, Equasym XL, Quillivant XR, and Metadate.

4:27 pm September 7th, 2015

Hi Dyanna. I’d advise you to call the helpline number displayed on our site to get in touch with our trusted treatment providers to help you find the best and most suitable treatment approach for your step/daughter. Also, search online on SAMHSA’s treatment locator (https://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/TreatmentLocator/faces/quickSearch.jspx) to find other facilities that offer addiction treatment in your area that fits her needs.

Big Boss
4:12 am September 25th, 2015

Hey i’ve been snorting aderall for about 2 weeks now, I have incread my snorting dosage to 4 pills of 40 mgs. Do you have any reccomendations of the dosage I should take for a good high without dying…?

madi
6:36 am September 25th, 2015

can u snort addy and smoke weed after or before and be fine cause i see my buddies do it and i dont think its a good idea ?

Queen
2:15 pm September 27th, 2015

My boyfriend has been snorting it for about a month and when he does he gets really horney is that normal?

John Smith
8:50 pm September 27th, 2015

Will snorting adderall once have any long term effects? Like dying younger?

Dennis
7:49 pm October 19th, 2015

Hi i did adderall the other night. I sniffed a line of it. Since that night i have felt a funny ticklish feeling in my nose that comes and goes. It fells like some one is tickiling my nise with a feather. Idk if its because my nose is irritated or what.

Maksuzija
7:39 pm November 19th, 2015

Hi, I have a question. What side effects will I have if I tried to snort 20mg od adderall or half of that for the first time? Im not planing to repeat this more then maybe once a month, maybe not even then. U know like just try it and leave it.

9:58 pm November 19th, 2015

Hello Maksuzija. You can read about specific side effects when snorting Adderall in the “is snorting Adderall bad for you” section of the article itself.

joe
1:26 am December 28th, 2015

I’ve been legally on adderall for over 10 years. I’ve done every hard drug there is. My favorites are uppers. I did cocaine for 3 years pretty hard and crystal meth for 3 years pretty hard. Then I quit hard drugs for good. But did i? Ever since I got back on my adderall I’ve been chasing the meth high by crushing and snorting easily 10- 20mg instant release adderall pills a day for the last 2 years while drinking beer excessively at the same time. I’m pretty sure I’m gonna die or at least have liver,kidney,lung damage. And it’s starting to effect my nasal cavity. I do a whole month supply of 60-20mg pills in about 5-7 days. That’s pretty much snorting them all day all night with no sleep for sometimes up to 3-5 days. It feels like I’m dying when I do this much but I like the high and the energy it gives me. It sad cause I’ve got a baby and I find it so hard to quit. . After I’ve been snorting them for days and nights straight I feel lime shit and say I’ll quit, but once they’re all gone and I’ve got to wait a month to get more I end up feeling better and say I’m ok I’ll be ok
But it is killing me. It sucks the energy and feel in it gives you is awesome to bad they gotta be so Damn addicting,and bad for you. I’m a addict I guess even though I was able to kick all the other drugs I’ve done I can’t kick this addiction. I’d tell doctor I don’t want them anymore because I’m abusing them but then I’d never be able to get them again if one day I wanted to be prescribed them again. It sucks Well that’s my story it’s sad but true I hope it helps someone but snorting the amount I do in a day would kill most people that’s a fact and I’m not proud of that.

Sharon
11:40 pm December 28th, 2015

I have been snorting adderall for a few years now. I love the high it hits me and how fast it works. But for the past couple werks I noticed that I am having trouble breathing. And it happens almost immediately. I do have copd so its starting to scare me. Can snorting drugs go to your lungs and cause breathing problems. I took them orally today to see if it stops. I also wonder if pills last longer if taken orally?
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ygdthb
12:58 pm January 3rd, 2016

Joe, man u got to quit is not worth it you know u should and that u can u already have just stick with it ,it will be easier the longer you’re not used to it

Collin
2:54 pm January 13th, 2016

Hello, I am just curious on what might happen if I took one of my 20 mg xr right now because about 5 hours ago I snorted about 80 mg and I’m over two hundred pounds am I safe

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
10:53 pm January 18th, 2016

Hi, Collin. That’s a huge amount! Please, reconsider what you are going to do, and you put yourself at risk.

casey
10:05 pm January 28th, 2016

hey im 26 and have been using drugs since 15 it starts with addys pills weed ect im a herion addict that got hooked on oxys six years ago I was cute had stuff going on but I just was a rebellious anarchist and maybe going to prison for a year over this kids stay off the drugs. I did take addy today im currently on the run from my p.o but I cant take it so yea my advice don’t get high period but I shoud practice what I preach. im ready to go to prison. ima learn a lot I did five months back in july and ive matured so much if anyone needs to talk about addiction in the on trust me

Bruce
10:00 pm February 5th, 2016

I have been prescribed adderal for a little over a month now, and I am really worried about some,of the posts on here. I was prescribed 20 mg or twice daily. That is a lot for anyone to start off on, I actually had many side effects and lowered my dose to half of that. I also have an addictive personality, so drug use/addiction isn’t new to me. But to see people like Dylan post that they sniffed 12 – 20 mg adderal in one night and has,no tolerance for,it, is scary! I cruelly think he,is,over,playing it, but for someone like me who likes and does reacreational drugs sometimes, I feel this is of an up most importance to let the readers know, that anyone considering experimenting with this, do some research and you will see that this,much adderal in that time frame will most likely put you in the hospital or worse! Please research and be smart about drug use, we all know people are going to experiment. Also id,like to say from experience, ,onset of this drug can take hours, and seems,to depend on what I ate! So be safe and please, educate yourself,and don’t take others comments on how,much they took in one sitting as a guide for you!

Jake
6:31 am February 16th, 2016

Hey, so i have been on Adderal for 11 years, i am in college and i go off Adderall for the summer which helps me a lot but the closer i get to the end of every spring semester it becomes less effective. I’ll be honest i used to snort it my freshman year to compensate for this but i stopped because i heard manufacturers put binders in it to make it sticky and doesn’t absorb like cocaine would. Is this true?

2 years ago I started crushing it up and putting it into an Odwalla juice smoothie and found it gives me the same motivation as snorting it. Obviously doing this is better for you than snorting it but how much worse is it for you than normally taking it? (Kind of a lesser of the two evils question)

I also do this because i have night classes 2 times a week and they start at 6pm. Taking Adderall that late at night means i will not get very much sleep that night. If i drink it after crushing it, its out of my system in 3ish hours instead of 6. That’s the main reason i started doing this.

Kris
12:09 am March 7th, 2016

My son had severe adhd and has been on concerta since kindergarten (highest douse allowable for his body weight). About a year ago he wanted to be taken off of the meds because me hates how they make him feel. He is now a junior in high school. He has always been gt and is now failing classes. He wants me to take him to the doctor to get him on adderrall, but I those because I am suspicious he is snorting it. I have been told by his younger sister that she has heard these rumours and says it is easy to get on campus.He has always been a little moody but now he has mood swings that are off the mark. Do you think my suspicions are justified? I am terribly concerned for him but often wondered what effects he could have since he is adhd already.are there any physical symptoms/characteristics I can look for?

Ninjabes
5:26 am March 8th, 2016

I have been snorting small 10mg blue adderral from both a friend and my own recent prescription. The first time was fine, second time I could not stop sneezing and my nose was endlessly runny. I was trying to do homework in my schools coffee shop but needed to run to the bathroom every 5 minutes. It went away fully later that day.
Recently got my own perscription of the same drug. Weird. Powdered it and snorted it mainly because I want to feel the effects more quickly. Felt great for a the day until the evening when I was smoking with my friends and my face was red and runny nose etc.
I wasn’t snorting anymore by the way. But it’s been about 2 days and my lips are extremely dry, tender, nose and nasal cavities tingly and sensitive..nose runs clear. Gosh it’s just terrible. Never snorting stupid amphentamine salts again.
I will continue to take the adderalls (although I’d prefer vyvanse which helps me work&focus better than addy, but you can’t say that to the psych can you?) Albiet with more awareness of my body and never never snorting powdery blue shit up my face holes. God bless smoke weed instead

J.Turner
8:35 am March 25th, 2016

Can snorting adderral give you a perforation(or hole) in your stomach from an ulcer? That just happened to me and they thought it was from too much ibuprofen but I don’t know. I went to the hospital and almost died from this! I am home now and I can’t stop and my stomach is starting to hurt again. I am supposed to get vitamin infusions instead of adderral for my chronic fatigue but that is not until next week. In the mean time this is the only way I am able to stay awake. Please help!

Quinn
1:29 am April 7th, 2016

Someone told me that meth and adderall are related or even the same. Is that statement true?

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
3:18 pm April 14th, 2016

Hi Quinn. Adderall and meth are relatively close substances when speaking chemically. But, they are not same. Adderall contains dextroamphetamine salts, whose psychoactive chemical is amphetamine, while meth is methamphetamine. The main difference between these two substances is one methyl group, which has a huge impact on the effects of the drug. Meth is much stronger stimulant with big addiction potential. You may read more information here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3532935/

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