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What happens when you snort Adderall?

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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32 Responses to “What happens when you snort Adderall?
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.

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:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

2:40 am August 23rd, 2015

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

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.

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 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 ( 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…?

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 ?

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?

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.

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.

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.

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?

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

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.

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

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