Adderall, a combination drug of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine, is used in the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). This prescription drug is generally taken as part of a treatment plan that includes psychological or social treatments and is approved for children as young as three years old.

Common side effects of this stimulant include loss of appetite, weight loss, dry mouth, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, nervousness, insomnia, diarrhea, and headache. Adderall has the potential to raise blood pressure, so those with hypertension should especially avoid this drug. Other more serious side effects include numbness, changes in skin color, sudden outbursts, aggression, agitation, depression, mood swings, and uncontrolled movements.

When used as recommended, Adderall can be very effective in treating ADHD, as it allows the user to concentrate for prolonged periods of time. Abuse of Adderall is actually more common among those who aren’t clinically diagnosed with ADHD. This non-medical use of Adderall is particularly popular with college students who use the drug as a study aid, hoping to attain the desired effects of better, focused attention.

Because Adderall provides a stimulating effect, those without ADHD often just become hyperactive and find they are able to stay awake longer during late-night study sessions. Over time, in order to maintain this sensation, more of the drug is needed. The potential for abuse is further increased when Adderall is paired with alcohol or other drugs.

Signs of Adderall Addiction

Due to its high potential for abuse, the US Drug Enforcement Administration has classified Adderall as a Schedule II drug, alongside cocaine, methamphetamine, and OxyContin.

Adderall addiction generally develops after taking the drug for a prolonged period of time. As the body develops a tolerance to the drug, the user will require higher doses in order to feel the effects, increasing the potential for overdose.

Those abusing Adderall may experience:

  • Nervousness and restlessness
  • Uncontrollable tremors or shaking
  • Excessive fatigue
  • Increased heartbeat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Seizures
  • Slow or difficult speech
  • Chest pain
  • Paranoia or mania
  • Changes in vision
  • Hallucinations
  • Aggressive behavior

Adderall Abuse Treatment

It’s important that those who believe they or a loved one have an Adderall addiction to seek help as soon as possible, as continued abuse can lead to overdose symptoms such as an irregular heartbeat, confusion, uncontrollable shaking, feelings of panic, or coma. It’s important that Adderall users slowly lower their intake of the drug, because suddenly stopping usage can lead to serious withdrawal symptoms.

Talbott Recovery has the right addiction rehab program for your Adderall addiction. We provide a number of programs, including day treatment and intensive outpatient programs at our facilities located in Atlanta and Dunwoody, GA.

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