What happens when you snort Adderall?

When you snort Adderall, you deliver high concentrations dextroamphetamine and amphetamine to the brain almost immediately. More on effects of snorting Adderall, its risks and possible side effects here.

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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.

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
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. The rewards for snorting adderall greatly outway the risk, with the horrible exception that the adderal cancelled out my xannex. What a heart breaker. I’m reporting adderal to the better business bureau. #I am xannex.

  2. Hi my friend is 14 and weighs about 200 and she snorted a 20 mg of this drug for the first time and she did not like it but I’m scared of what could happen to her she dosnt wanna do it again but can anything bad happen to her if she only did it once?

  3. I have to simply disagree. I’ve been taking Adderall on and off for the past 10 years and I have an extremely addictive personality. But Adderall unlike Ritalin, does not seem to have a high addiction factors on me for some reason. I’m not what you would call a junkie.. In fact I am enrolled in college earning a degree, served in the military for six years and live on my own dependently at 25. I came to this post simply just to see if snorting Adderall would work since I tend to do it maybe once a month if I haven’t slept at all and just need to stay up for the day. I considered it a reset switch. There is no science or research behind the question of snorting Adderall that indicates it has negative effects on your health. Just because something hits you faster in a different way does not mean that it has negative side effects. Then again, if you take an ex cocaine-addict who used to snort every day for the past 20 years, to this snorting Adderall, yes you might have some problems since the behavior of inhaling something through one’s nose could cause problems. But I believe that if you need something to hit quicker such as snorting the Adderall instead of taking it Oraly, that’s fine as long as you keep it all controlled. That’s all I have to say.

    1. Hi T L. Thank you for sharing your story with us. I’m glad that Adderall have helped you, but keep in mind that this medication affects individuals differently, and it’s cure for you, it may be a hell for someone else. So, my suggestion is to take Adderall only as prescribed by a doctor.

  4. Hi..I have ADD I’m 44 yrs old ..I’m prescribed ir 15mg Adderall 2times daily…I just recently started snorting them….not just my 2 a day…I do like 6 throughout the day..I never get a rush never energy..I just like the drip…I’m stopping this though since it does nothing..if it did something..I’d only do my 2 it really is a waste to snort em..I don’t know what made me start to snort em but Im done.

  5. Someone very close to me has recently been diagnosed with ADHD and has been prescribed Adderall. She is well into her forties and has obviously been struggling for many years to find and maintain focus. The Adderall seems to be helping and she has become more focused and productive. Someone has recommended that she snort the drug in order to get a quicker boost on those harder days. I have been strongly against her doing this and it has caused some tension. However, the information provided has been very helpful and the fact that snorting it is more in line to an addictive behavior as apposed to a medical condition will help strengthen my position. Thank you.

  6. I just found out my college age daughter is snorting adderall, but I don’t know how often. I think she also sometimes snorts cocaine on weekends. She is having pain in her nostrils I’ve been told, and almost fainted one day after snorting it twice to “party” the night before. I don’t know if there is a connection-she claims she was dehydrated or something. She also has/had an eating disorder which she now has “under control” but I of course worry about that connection and wonder if there is often an association between girls with ED and snorting these kinds of drugs. Does the nose issue clearly demonstrate a serious problem or does that happen regularly or frequently when kids snort? This is so hard to figure out as she is far away at school and claims she doesn’t do it much and all the kids are doing it and not to worry but the nose issue to me is a red flag. Any thoughts on how to approach this?

  7. Can taking adderall regularly or snorting it in small doses cause parts of your body like hands, fingers, toes, feet, arms, & calves to go numb? Numb to where they are tingling and remotely painful. The skin on the hands and feet is also swollen and chapped. Recently was hospitalized for angiodema in the lips, tongue, & hands with no explanation and severe panic attacks have occurred since. Taking Ativan now for this issue but have found no solution for the body parts situations & haven’t been able to get in with a neurologist. Seeing a back doctor in the next week or two. What is your educated guess of what is going on, how might U treat my current prognosis in the meantime, and do you have any medical advice? I would be extremely grateful. Thank you.

  8. I just found out my son has snorted adderall before a final exam at college. How do I approach the subject with him without him shutting me out?

  9. Hello, i am prescribed adderall, i usually take one 20 mg in the morning and then i have a 15 mg “as needed” if i were to cut the 15 mg in half and snort it just to see what its about, do u think i run any serious risks? Thanks

  10. If I know my brother in law is snorting his Adderall can I call his Dr and tell him? Will he listen to me? Will it do any good? The Dr prescribes him 3 mos at a time and but dates the scripts so he cannot fill them any faster but still, he is also taking Xanax for anxiety and he stays up for days at a time and then crashes. When he has had no sleep he talks like a mentally handicapped child. He looses all sense of time and when he says he is going out to make phone calls he will come back after 3 hrs and not even realize he has been outside for so long. He constantly rearranges his car-he is living out of it right now, and has had the cops called on him for suspicious behavior because he hangs out at the gas station/rest areas with no sense of how long he has been there. He would never hurt anyone but this behavior is not normal. Don’t Docs check their patients nasal cavities to confirm they are not snorting, and would his doc be able to tell?

    1. Hi Marie. Your brother-in-law has a problem and he doesn’t see it. First of all, I suggest you speak with your family about his problem, and consult with his doctor. Then, you may look into the CRAFT model for families and interventions. One NGO called Allies in Recovery has some online reading that can help:

  11. What happenes if a type 2 snorts adderall? Because i fell weird and i am currently laying in my bed and i fell heavy and as id im sinking into my bed. I also feel low with my diabetis but i keep testing my sugars but im fine.. Please help?

    1. 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/

  12. 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!

  13. 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

  14. 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?

  15. 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.

  16. 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!

  17. 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

  18. 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

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

  19. 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

  20. 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?

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

    1. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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…?

  25. 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.

    1. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. 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?

  28. 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

    1. 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.

  29. 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.

  30. 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 ?

  31. 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.

  32. 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?

  33. 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.

  34. 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.

  35. 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/

  36. 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.

  37. 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?

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