Snorting Adderall

Is snorting Adderall effective or should Adderall be taken orally? Can snorting Adderall get you high? What do you risk and what dangers are present when you snort Adderall? More on snorting Adderall effects here.

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If you want to snort Adderall for getting high, you should know what happens in the brain and body.

Adderall shows on drug tests as an amphetamine even when snorted.  But if you have decided to crush and snort Adderall, we present the following information in the interest of harm reduction.  We review what happens in the body while snorting Adderall, as well as the dangers and safety issues of snorting Adderall.    Plus, a section for your question about snorting Adderall at the end.

Adderall: What are you really snorting?

Adderall is used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and narcolepsy. It comes as both a regular tablet and extended-release formula. Adderall’s active ingredient are dextroamphetamine and amphetamine, but Adderall also includes the inactive ingredients gelatin capsules, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, methacrylic acid copolymer, opadry beige, sugar spheres, talc, and triethyl citrate. Adderall tablets may also include coloring agents or dyes.

How does snorting Adderall affect the body?

The dextroamphetamine and amphetamine found in Adderall are central nervous system stimulants. People taking Adderall need to be monitored to make sure they don’t develop heart problems, high blood pressure, or the symptoms of mood disorders. Because of these stimulant effects, Adderall can cause a variety of health problems, including heart issues or psychiatric problems. For example, Adderall should never be used in people with high blood pressure, anxiety, thyroid issues, or heart disease. Adderall is also extremely addictive.

Adderall can cause a host of side effects with normal use. These risk of these effects increase when you snort Adderall, are mixing Adderall and alcohol, or take Adderall any other way than prescribed. Possible side effects of Adderall and ways that it affects the body include:

  • headache
  • insomnia
  • nausea, vomiting, stomach pain
  • nervousness
  • restlessness
  • uncontrollable shaking

Snorting Adderall to get high

Snorting Adderall results in the release of large doses of dextroamphetamine and amphetamine to bloodstream very quickly, particularly in the case of the extended-release Adderall formula. As a result, snorting Adderall can expose you to higher doses than through the recommended oral route of administration, which can cause very serious side effects, including seizures, heart attack, stroke, and even sudden death.

Snorting Adderall vs oral

When taken orally, Adderall drug usually only causes a high in people who are not taking it for a legitimate medical purpose – people with a sleep disorder or ADHD will not experience euphoric effects. However, there is no medical reason to snort this medication – in fact, snorting Adderall is very dangerous.

Plus, Adderall is much more effective when it’s taken orally, according to doctor’s instructions. Oral Adderall preparations are safer and cause fewer instances of adverse effects. It should never be used without medical supervision because of the seriousness of potential side effects.

Snorting Adderall side effects

Even at normal doses, Adderall can be dangerous. Severe side effects occur more often when the medication is not taken as prescribed, such as when Adderall is snorted. These effects can include:

  • chest pain
  • confusion
  • dizziness or faintness
  • difficulty in breathing and swallowing
  • irrational fears
  • hallucinations
  • mood changes, including mania or hostile/aggressive behavior
  • motor or verbal tics
  • muscle or joint pain
  • rapid, pounding, or irregular heartbeat
  • suicidal thoughts and feelings
  • seizures
  • weakness or numbness of limbs

Snorting Adderall dangers

The side effects of snorting Adderall are very serious. If you’re considering snorting Adderall, you need to be aware of the risk for serious, potentially life-threatening complications like heart attack, stroke, or seizure. But there are also other dangers to snorting Adderall that might not be so obvious.

When you snort Adderall, it can cause dizziness, paranoia, and weakness, potentially increasing your chance of being in an accident. Adderall can also harm your nasal passages. Or you might unwittingly spread disease if you share snorting instruments with other users. And the risk of becoming addicted to Adderall also increases when you snort it.

Snorting Adderall safely

Snorting Adderall is always dangerous, but it’s much worse to snort the extended-release version of the tablet, which can more easily cause overdose. While the fatal dose for adults is generally around 20-25 mg/kg, as little as 1.5mg/kg of Adderall has been known to cause death. Even if you don’t overdose, Adderall is a highly addictive medication, and long-term abuse of can cause a variety of other health problems.

Snorting Adderall questions

Do you still have questions about snorting or using Adderall? If so, please let us know. We try to respond to all legitimate Adderall questions with a personal and prompt reply. And if we cannot answer your question, we will refer you to someone who can.

Reference Sources: NHTSA Drug and Human Performance Fact Sheets: Methamphetamine (And Amphetamine)
FDA Medication Guide: Adderall XR
Medline Plus: Detxroamphetamine and Amphetamine
About the author
Lee Weber is a published author, medical writer, and woman in long-term recovery from addiction. Her latest book, The Definitive Guide to Addiction Interventions is set to reach university bookstores in early 2019.


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  1. Ive been snortinh adderrals 4 years now. Im not proud of it. But i slowed dawn got into crystal meth and slowed dawn on crystal meth and now i did a small line of crystal around noon time today a d its 3:48 am and ive done probubly 4 to 5 20 mg exstended ralease adderrals snorting them my last one i did was arojnd 9:30pm . so far im wide awake my heart did beat a couple beats ex like heart plantations but thats cause i used my sons inhaler checking to see if it had anything left .but i am also proscribed subutex .and ive done a subutex in a half .my quisten is… Am i going to over dose ??? Im freeked out by reading these artocales . im never snorting a adderral again im scared 2 go to sleep now. I didnt realise hiw much i did today im ashamed of my self . im drinking lots of water trying to pee more. Cause i want 2 sleep but i dont want to die in my sleep . if so far im just energetic am i okay? Ibe done way way more in the past of adderral and mixing with saboxen and ive smomed weed bk in the day also om all this . i dont smoem weed no more. What do i do ??? Go to sleep or stay awaka???? So i live ???

  2. My gf is on adderall, the other day she deoppef 5 down drain so she asked spneone to get them for her , i told her be careful, so she got them and openef one and it had a seed look not bead look it was marked g454 brown ,i told her take to pharmacy see if its real, b4 she date to take it, anyone ever see that b4?
    Is it suppose to be a round bead inside or look like a grass seed of g454 20 mg. I cant seem to find any information on this medication how inside should look,i am very worried my friend has a pill with something else in it, can anyone tell me should it look like beads,or seed inside . I dont want my froend to take it if its not real,i rather take off work and be beside her,to be sick id she needs to be.

  3. My question is…I believe I may know someone with a problem with this…..they are claiming to have a hacker…someone after them…supposedly constantly someone in all their phones n computers …..I’ve never heard of this….could this possibly b a side affect from this drug?? Being paranoid someone is after you when they really aren’t?

  4. I have had a bunch off addictions in the past. I have been taking 2 30mg Adderalls for 3 years now. The last 2 months I have been abusing them. Almost 3 days ago I starting snorting them and I have snorted 20 30mg pills in that time period and finally passed out for 3 hours. I woke up and have been awake for about 6 hours now and I was wondering if I’m going to have any side effects since that was my last of my medication and won’t get any refill for over 2 weeks. Should I be Scared?

  5. I have been on a subscription of Focalin RX for about 3 years now which i take one EX 15 mg pill every morning before school. But i have also been prescribed a quick release 10 mg of Ritalin to take after school to help me get my homework done. Just recently I had one of my friends over whom is not prescribed these medications, but snorts it to help him get homework done. And after learning a lot about it from him and the lovely thing we all know as Google, I tried it for the first time. I snorted one 10 mg pill of Ritalin and I did not feel much at all, is this because my body is already use to this medication since I have been taking it regularly for the past 3 years, and also, if I step up the dosage to maybe like 20 mg of Ritalin will I likely be able to feel the effects of it more easily?

  6. Addiction is nothing more than a weak mind, excuses being made for shortfalls in character and integrity. Just say no before a hard-on and other indiscretions, sidetrack your weak minded morality, Be like superman bitch.

  7. I used to snort Adderall and now I often feel like I can’t breathe. I was told at my last doctors visit that my breathing and oxygen levels were normal, but I still keep having these freak outs where I feel I can’t breathe. Should I go for further testing? So far he’s just timed my breathing, listened to my lungs and tested my oxygen level with a finger pulse oximeter. He thinks it’s panic but my heart rate and breathing was normal. That’s the part that’s freaking me out. If it was panic my heart rate should be through the roof. Blood pressure was also in normal range.

  8. Im worried about a friend who has been injecting her self with adderall regular. Not time release…i tell her its not a good idea could you please explain to her why it’s not a good idea. Coming from someone else hopefully she understands this will kill her…..

  9. My question is regarding snorting adderall. I got into my girlfriends prescription about a week ago and have been snorting 2-3 capsules a day. They are half orange and half clear, but I don’t know the mg. My question is will I be addicted to this drug when the supply runs out? I have been using for about 5 days straight.

  10. My boyfriend is prescribed to Adderall. He tells me he only snorts the 20mg pill once a day because “it is more effective to take it that way” Is this true? He is also prescribed the Extended Release but he does not take those as often, and to my knowledge he doesn’t snort them. Is it less dangerous for him since he takes it for his ADHD? I just want to make sure that he isn’t putting his life at risk by snorting it. If it is, I don’t know how to talk to him about it and get it to start taking it the proper way.

  11. My daughter is in a rehab facility today becuase she snorted Adderol on over 15 days ago. She continues to have a hallucinations and is not herself. She is very aggitated and has visions of grandiose. Do you think she will ever recover? So worried about her . Please dont abuse this drug.

  12. I was interested in knowing why the extended release version of Adderall is more dangerous to snort than the normal instant release form of the drug. I do not snort Adderall or even take it but my roommates do. So I guess I was also wondering if snorting it will help you study as well or do people just do it for a high?

  13. So I have snorted Adderall and all I did was talk non-stop and the following morning I got sick. Although I do take 54mg concerta everyday. My friend has said that if you snort concerta you also get a great high but I choose not to do it. Is it normal for the side effects I got?

  14. I think my son might be abusing his adderall. How do people snort it I mean how is it done? I think he is going in the bath room and snorting it but not sure. How is it done? I’m very worried about him!

    1. Hi Karen. People who snort Adderall, will have to crush the medication into a fine powder and then snort it using different tube-shaped tools. You can search for paraphernalia that may indicate he is crushing and snorting, also any uncommon powder residue may be an indication. But, in order to determine what the powdered substance is, it’s best to collect samples and take them to a laboratory for testing.

  15. Need some advice. My husband is starting his own company. Last year I found Adderall in his office and he said he was prescribed the medication to help him focus. I was mad but since it was prescribed I didn’t think much about it until last weekend. I found a bunch of his pills crushed up with a straw indicating he is now snorting it. I think he has been using it the entire time to stay up and work through the night to get his company up and going. Am I right to think he has a problem and should seek help? Also does Adderall change your behaviors with loved ones?

  16. CANDY-
    It might be too late for me to comment but I’ve found this link just tonight and i believe you should not have to lie to any spouse about anything or anyway you feel is best to consume your medication. It is your body not his and he can never fully understand what works best for you. It seems like you both Carr a lot about what eachother thinks and that usually means he might be pushing his problems on to someone he happens to be around often. I have been in several relationships that have ended very poorly and have been extremely unhappy due to one or both partners not being completely honest. If you ever need to talk more about this subject i am more than happy to assist just leave a more private contact info. You seem like a very nice and well put together person. It’s rough when you have a second parent trying to coach your lifestyle. You are an adult and can make your own decisions but it wouldn’t hurt to have a mediator as guidance while you work threw troubling times. It helps me to help others so don’t hesitate to ask 🙂 have a good one sweetheart, hang in there -Dave

  17. I am not prescribed adderall but I do enjoy it and use it a lot and I have to say that you can’t die from snorting as little as 20-25 mg… I’ve done 60 mg lines and don’t feel any of those negative affects.

  18. So my sister is prescribed adderal and I stole a whole bottle of hers at first it was only to sell but then I started taking it but it was just for fun, now I’m not sure if I am doing it for fun anymore. The first time I took it was about two weeks ago I took 30mg that day and then that weekend my friends told me about snorting at first I was opposed to it but then I did it and it was a bettering than just taking it oral, now that is the only way I take it. I try to limit my intake I snort adderal almost every other day in relatively high doses anywhere from 10mg to 50mg but on the days I don’t do it I can never get it if my mind I am always thinking about the what if. On the days I don’t take it, it affects me I am tired and mopey and just want to sleep. I try to not mix it with other substances but I have mixed it with alcohol and Ritalin, I know the dangers of mixing substances but I did it anyway. I told my best friend about what was going on and she is trying her best to help me but she doesn’t know how neither do I, it’s gotten to the point that I hide it from her that I had taken it because I can’t handle her disappointment. I don’t know if I show the signs of addiction or if I’m just a stupid teenager looking for fun, but if I am I am willing to get help. I have many great people that surround me and I know will try their best to help me.

    1. Hi Lilac. You can’t hold this a secret anymore. You have to tell your family and then you can all together get focused on your recovery process. Life is ahead of you, and you have lost nothing yet!

  19. For anyone doing rails of adderall I suggest having at least a small supply of benzodiazepines (xanax, klonopin, etc) on hand to come down. Makes it a hella lot easier to sleep. I had 3 bottles of 30(?) mg XR’s and drove between LA and SF about 4-5 times and want able to sleep until I took some Xanax.

  20. Hello Candy. If the adderall is medically prescribed, you are not abusing it and it helps you treat your condition you probably shouldn’t just stop to make your partner feel better. If it’s creating too much problems, then talk to your doctor ato find a solution (other medication, alternative meds…) that would help you manage your health condition and will be accepted by your boyfriend.

  21. I’ve been prescribed adderall my whole life pretty much. since like 7 years old and I’m 20 now. the other day my boyfriend caught me taking it and he’s knows I’m prescribed but he doesn’t want me to take it for some reason. I snort it sometimes but I’m not sure if he knows. he says I’m addicted but I’m prescribed 60 mg a day and only take about 20mg a day. he says I choose him or the adderall but he doesn’t understand it actually helps me. how can I quit cold turkey? because I don’t think he will understand ever why I take it. please help!!

  22. Crushing up Adderall XR 30mg and snorting it won’t do anything. I’ve tried it 3 times. It works better if you take it orally with the capsule, but better if you open the capsule and swallow the small beads. Snorting the XR is just wasting the pill.

  23. Hello, and thank you for providing this website. My question is about the side effects on oral health when the medicine is administered nasally on a regular basis. The post-nasal drip seems to linger even between brushing, and the sugary fillers in the pill might be damaging to gums and teeth. Any information on this?

  24. Hello Victor. I’ve actually had a very difficult time finding medical information on snorting medications and its effects myself. Try a Google search with a site restriction using keywords such as: snort Adderall side effects insufflating prescription drugs

    I hope that this helps.

  25. Hi, I would like some information about the nasal and respiratory-related side effects of snorting adderall on a semi-regular basis, and any other physical effects which occur only when snorting as opposed to taking it orally. I am not looking for information on psychological or neurological effects. For the purpose of my questions, let’s assume the dose is about 5 mg (at once) 4 times a week, over a long or indefinite period. I have found information online regarding snorting cocaine (which I don’t use), such as that it can deteriorate the septum and actually create a hole in it, and cause other nasal problems. Are such side effects the same for snorting adderall over the long term? I would appreciate whatever you could specify or elaborate, or even better if you could provide some reference material that I can see which may be more detailed than what you would write here. Also, if you were to make a rough estimate on how long a given dosage would have an effect, and if 5mg taken orally has an effect for 4-5 hours for me, how long would you anticipate 5mg taken through the nose would last? Another idea I had was, is it possible to dissolve adderall in water or saline solution and take it intranasally that way, and avoid the detriments of taking powder into the nose? How long would it stay good (or retain its potency) after being dissolved? In my mind, I am not using it “recreationally.” If I say it is for what I consider to be legitimate purposes, I realize it will be met with disbelief and skepticism, but in any case I am hoping anyone who reads this would reserve such judgement without knowing me personally, and provide me with information to the best of your knowledge so I can make decisions to the best of mine 🙂

  26. Hello mr. Nosebleed can be related to snorting crushed Rx medications. However, there can be other causes, as well. I’d suggest a medical screen with a physician or an ENT specialist to be sure.

  27. Ok, so a few days ago during final testing ill admit i wanted to get more with less Adderall in which i’m prescribed so i crushed and insufflated 30mg of brand name Adderall ir. It was very fine and nothing caused any what seemed to be noticeable damage to my nasal cavity but just about a half hour ago i had a pretty bad nose bleed that just came out of nowhere. Do you think that had something to do with me snorting Adderall? Btw i never had abused Adderall for recreational purposes. But, i do admit i have occasionally insufflated Adderall in the past.

  28. Hi Joniz. Good question. From my reading, amphetamine salts (Adderall) and methylphenidate (Concerta) are the current Rx drugs on the market for ADD. Perhaps consider this: while snorting Adderall may bring on effects quicker, the therapeutic effect does not last as long. So, oral ingestion is really the best for you and the treatment of ADD.

  29. I take 37.5 mg ir daily 15 in the morning 7.5 at noon and 15 at no later than 5pm. I have insuilated at times 15mg if not more at some points. I dont do it on a regular basis but find it causing me to be more addicted to the idea of sniffing it than getting high because i dont get the recreational high people talk about. It just works with my ADD. And is very affective but i dont want to become addicted but what do i do when the good out weighs the bad? I ammore normal when i use adderall if not im all sorts of out of it and cant seem to have any motivation or desire to be successful in life “dead beat” is the term i use when i feel that way. I guess my main question is Besides adderall concerta stratera what will have similar outcome but with less desire to abuse?

  30. I take Adderall every day for my ADHD but all my friends say “if yousnort it you will get high” even though it was prescribed to me and I take it ever day will I still get high if I snort it or will it have no effect?

  31. i’ve snorted adderall a few times without nasal pain. but this time it was a different 30mg pill marked “b 974”. i snorted 1/4 of a pill and my nose immediately turned to burning fire. why is that? what was in it that made it so different?

  32. Hi Joho. Yes, acute symptoms of dose-related effects should ease after the dose has worn off. But call 1-800-222-1222 to reach the Poison Control Center in the case that symptoms persist or return.

  33. So I snorted adderall for the first time last night and couldn’t sleep much because I had an irregular heartbeat, and today I still feel very slight irregularity but not nearly as bad as last night. Will I be good without treatment for it most likely, and go away over time with stopped use? It was the kind with the beads and I think it was less then 15 mg.

  34. Non-prescription use of Adderall can trigger euphoria, and make you feel high. Snorting Adderall makes the high quicker and more intense, although you are at higher risk of becoming addicted, as well as experiencing adverse health effects when you ingest Adderall this way. The decision is, ultimately, yours to make but we hope to appeal to your logic and ask that you take a look at why you want to get high in the first place.

  35. i have oraly taken adderall and i am not perscribed to it. I would normally only take it in the summers with one of my close friends to stay up all night and PARTYYYYYYYY but,amyways,i want to try snorting it but after reading this i am confused on wether or not i will get a high frpm it.
    please tell me if i will get high or not lol.
    thank you much:))

  36. Hi Alex. It is possible that you are going through Adderall withdrawal, and that the headaches and need for sleep are symptoms that manifest as an amphetamine-dependent brain/body start to normalize again without amphetamines. Have you consulted with your primary prescribing doctor about this issue? I’d suggest that you check in with a medical doctor, report the use/misuse and seek advice.

  37. My question is regarding snorting Adderall. I take it on a daily basis orally because I am prescribed. I take a 20 mg XR once a day. There was a two day period where I had to stay up very late to study. On top of the 20 mg XR, I snorted half of another 20 mg XR later in the night. I did crush up the beads first. That was the first time I had ever snorted something. The next day was very similar. I took my 20 mg XR in the morning and later in the night snorted half of another 20 mg XR. A few hours after that, I snorted the other half of the 20 mg XR. At this point I had snorted Adderall three times in two days. I am now on a break from school and not taking Adderall at all for a five day period to give my body a break. I thought it was lack of sleep that was causing my head aches, but even after catching up on sleep, I am still experiencing head aches. Is this normal when snorting Adderall?

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