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What is Adderall used for?

What is Adderall?

Adderall is a central nervous system stimulant made up of two different chemicals called amphetamine and dextroamphetamine. These chemicals combine to change brain chemistry and help neurotransmitters send messages between nerve cells in the brain. When prescribed by doctors in the U.S. for medical reasons, Adderall can be taken in 5, 7.5, 10, 12.5, 15, 20, and 30 mg doses and is legal. Giving Adderall to someone without a prescription is illegal in the U.S.

What is Adderall used for?

Adderall has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) and narcolepsy. When prescribed for ADHD, Adderall helps control symptoms such as difficulty focusing, remaining still or controlling actions. When prescribed for narcolepsy, Adderall helps treat excessive daytime sleepiness and sudden or deep attacks of sleep.  However, some Adderall effects range from bothersome to uncomfortable so be sure that you know how amphetamines can affect your body.  Adderall is also prescribed by doctors to treat other medical conditions which are not approved by the FDA. Adderall can be prescribed for the medical treatment of:

1. ADD (attention deficit disorder)
2. ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder)
2. depression which is resistant to other treatments
3. narcolepsy
4. some forms of obesity

Non medical uses of Adderall

Adderall is also used non medically, especially among full-time college students. When taken without a prescription, Adderall can be used to achieve feelings of euphoria, to focus, to stay awake or to lose weight. Taking Adderall for non medical reasons, however, increases potential for dependence or abuse and can even lead to Adderall withdrawals. People use Adderall non medically to:

* help focus energy
* improve me
* increase alertness
* increase concentration
* increase libido
* lose weight
* stay awake
* suppress appetite

Can I get addicted to Adderall?

In technical medical terms, any stimulant used at high enough doses can become addictive. This is because stimulants affect the mesolimbic pathway in the brain, creating a cycle of reward and desire. However, most people who take Adderall as prescribed DO NOT become addicted to the stimulant. Instead, the habit of taking the medicine as part of a daily routine can slowly be weaned with medical supervision.

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People who take Adderall without a prescription or who do not take Adderall as prescribed have a relatively high potential to abuse and/or become addicted to the medicine. They can lose control over drug use or begin to compulsively seek and take Adderall despite adverse consequences. In cases of improper use of Adderall, be honest with yourself.  Check for signs of prescription drug addiction and then see a doctor to take an addiction survey.

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16 Responses to “What is Adderall used for?
clinical research organization
1:37 pm October 26th, 2010

Adderall is available in two variations, instant-release (“IR”) as well as an extended-release (“XR”) drug.

lori mcgrail
12:29 pm May 2nd, 2011

If this is a clinical test for add. I think I have it I can’t sit still can’t concentrate obsess worry I don’t even have a doctor so I’m terrible right now

4:52 pm April 14th, 2013

this the best thing that i have been on i have been taking concerta and rit. then asked to change it since it seem to stop working i and now taking the ir and the xr. they complament each other and work great. its the wonder drug thats for sure.

syed Mohsen
7:06 pm May 24th, 2013

this is very informative. after reading the article one wonders why so many care givers forget or do not take the potential addictive properties of the medication into consideration when should be given under supervision of family members.

3:27 pm October 30th, 2014

is this legal or am I gonna get busted for needing to try this or something else on here due to my doctors and insurance and want to try before so I know itll make me focused and get my ass outta bed? I meant to ask em last month about something to take to give me some energy but besides the point is this a scam or am I gonna get arrested or red flagged or something
really is this for real cause hate to ask doc for it and not like it and waste it and my money ya know?

11:03 pm May 7th, 2015

Hi. Will Adderall work for fibromyalgia? I’m in constant pain, and everything my doctor gives me makes me sleepy. The pain is unbearable and I want to function. Sure his prescriptions work if I want to sleep

10:56 am May 8th, 2015

Hello Pamela. Adderall is prescribed for ADHD narcolepsy, and other specific conditions, and is not used for pain relief. I’d suggest that you seek medical help from a pain specialist in order to get the help you need.

7:10 pm October 16th, 2016

I have been diagnosed with ‘brady’ ?(low heart rate?) and low blood pressure.. can Adderall help or hurt?

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
11:29 am October 20th, 2016

Hi Anita. I’d suggest that you speak with your doctor about the effects of Adderall on your low blood pressure.

11:35 pm December 8th, 2016

I take the generic form of Adderall 40mg a day for narcoleptic symptoms and I believe for ADD at first it really helped me back to feeling my normal self still had problems with sleeping but got through that with my CPAP machine due to me having COPD. I used to be organized perfectionist now I can’t get myself organize or my home. I use to always be early for appointments now I run late by 5 to 10 minutes. I have other health issues that I am in pain 24-7 even with pain meds. and muscle relaxers. I have spoken with my doctor about yes I’m up awake but I don’t get nothing accomplished I don’t feel like I did when I started on them and I have been on them for 2 years any advice?

8:53 am June 23rd, 2017

It helps me to stay focused and curbs my appetite. I forgot to refill my prescription and I was always hungry. I did not feel any withdrawal and I have been taking it over 10 years. I have social anxiety and depression, I see a nurse practitioner in mental illness so I am monitored. It made a big difference in my ability to process my thoughts.

12:38 am August 27th, 2017

Can it help you to get all your house cleaning done with getting tired and how long does it take to work in your system

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
3:19 pm August 31st, 2017

Hi BAS. Adderall is used by people who need the drug. Please don’t put yourself at risk.

5:24 pm September 6th, 2017

can adderall be used to help once stopped methadone treatment and to help me with depression for which i have tried most medications but never found stability or a sense of drive to live on with any of them .Im kinda at the end of the road and looking at this through talking to doctors and other addicts as my last ditch attempt to get my life back or at least a drive to help me get some self worth.????

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
1:13 pm September 13th, 2017

Hi Jamie. Adderall can be addictive. So, if you start using it you may again become an addict. I suggest that you consult with a therapies about your depression.

5:25 pm September 6th, 2017

i found the info here very helpful

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