Do you ever feel stressed out and overworked? Tired of seeing all your friends have time to do fun things while you’re stuck in the library or at work? You might be surprised to learn that there’s a pill for that. No, not really a ‘pill’ per se, but Adderall is close. This drug is used by students everywhere as a study aid due to its ability to help focus on tasks and increase energy levels. So, what exactly do you need to know about Adderall? This article will be discussing all the information about Adderall. So, what are you waiting for? Let’s get started!
What is Adderall?
Adderall contains a combination of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine mixed salts, which are both central nervous system stimulants. Amphetamines stimulate the release of dopamine and norepinephrine (chemicals in the brain) resulting in increased alertness, attention, energy, heart rate, blood pressure, etc. This can create what seems like an artificial sense of euphoria as well as suppress the appetite. The effects seem to vary between individuals but there are commonalities found among most users such as loss of appetite, dry mouth, increased heart rate/blood pressure, difficulty sleeping/insomnia, etc.
According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 7.8% of people aged 12 or older had used prescription-type stimulants non-medically at least once in their lifetime, with 2.1% of them being current users. It’s also reported that the majority of these drugs are obtained from family members or friends for free rather than through a doctor.
Adderall is available as both a 20mg pill containing instant release amphetamine salts and as 5mg instant release dextroamphetamine pills; the latter is often prescribed to children under 13 years old. The drug can be taken orally, by snorting or injection (rarely due to its dangerously high risk for dependency). One common way Adderall is used however, is to pop the pill and crush it up so that it can be sorted through either a straw or rolled up dollar bill.
How does Adderall work?
Adderall’s effects vary from person to person since everyone has a different reaction based on their body chemistry. The drug is a mixture of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine, which both make up the generic name for Adderall “amphetamine/dextroamphetamine”.
Amphetamine’s mechanism of action is by increasing dopamine and norepinephrine in various parts of the brain. It does this by inhibiting reuptake, metabolism, and release from presynaptic neurons through reuptake inhibition as well as stimulating alpha-and beta-receptors located on pulmonary vasculature, thus resulting in increased heart rate, blood pressure and respiration.
Dextroamphetamine also works by increasing dopamine and norepinephrine in the brain, which results in a decrease of postsynaptic neuron firing thresholds. It doesn’t cause vasoconstriction like amphetamine does, but instead causes constriction of the veins draining the head. Therefore people who snort Adderall will often have bloodshot eyes as well as irritability/restlessness due to high blood pressure and an increased heart rate.
What is Adderall used for?
Adderall is commonly used by college students to help them focus and complete schoolwork. The drug also increases energy levels, so it’s often used for all-nighters in the library. Some people take Adderall recreationally to get high or to come down from another drug because of its effects on dopamine/norepinephrine.
What are the benefits of using Adderall?
Adderall has many benefits, some of these are:
Focused concentration– The drug makes it easier to focus on whatever task may be at hand. And since the effects only last for up to 8 hours (depending on how much is taken), Adderall users tend to make sure they do their homework right before the effect wears off so that they don’t have to worry about doing schoolwork during normal waking hours.
More energy– Some people say it gives them a burst of energy and motivation allowing them to stay awake longer and complete tasks more efficiently.
Suppress appetite– Some report having less cravings for food as well as losing weight after using Adderall.
Creativity– Some claim that taking Adderall can lead to increased creativity.
Social benefits– Adderall can make it easier to focus on socializing or being out in public as well as give the user more confidence/motivation which may result in increased social activity.
What are the side effects of using Adderall?
Some of the most common side effects from taking Adderall include:
- Loss of appetite– This is one of the drug’s most common side effects and it often leads to weight loss. People who take a lot of amphetamines tend to not eat much, if at all, because they reduce interest in food and sometimes forget to eat for long periods of time.
- Nervousness/anxiety/agitation – Many users will experience restless behavior and anxiety due to Adderall’s effects on dopamine and norepinephrine.
- Dry mouth– Also a common side effect from stimulants is dry mouth. This can occur because the drug increases dopamine levels which suppresses the production of saliva. Other symptoms of increased dopamine include increased heart rate, blood pressure and respiration, resulting in more rapid breathing which may cause the feeling of having a dry mouth even when there is plenty of saliva.
- Heart palpitations– Some users will experience heart palpitations because of increased heart rate and blood pressure, especially when they first start taking Adderall. This is often a sign that the user has taken too much of the drug and/or hasn’t had time to eat before taking it or hasn’t eaten recently. Others claim that alcohol can exacerbate these effects.
- Aggression irritability – Many users experience increased feelings of aggression and/or irritability when taking amphetamines. This may be the result of an increase in norepinephrine which can cause mood swings, anxiety or agitation, especially among those who aren’t usually aggressive.
These side effects are temporary and should begin to decrease after the first few weeks of using the drug. In some cases, taking a small dose may reduce or prevent some of these side effects from occurring.
In order to minimize the negative side effects of Adderall, it is important to take as little as needed in order for it to be effective. The minimal dosing range should be between 5-30 mg a day. Some people may decide they need more amphetamine because it isn’t very effective strong for them and will end up taking way too much which can make the side effects last longer and/or happen sooner if they do occur at all.
When first starting out with Adderall, some doctors recommend a slow increase until you find your “therapeutic dose” (the dose that works best for you) so you don’t experience any unnecessary side effects at the beginning of treatment. Taking too many amphetamines can cause side effects to occur sooner which can make them seem worse than they are because of the anticipation of taking it.
How long does Adderall stay in your system?
Adderall stays in one’s system for different periods of time depending on how often and what dose a user takes. Some users claim that taking 5 mg twice a day will give you noticeable benefits for around 4 hours but may last up to 6-8 hrs for others at this dosage. Others report needing 10-15mg three times per day so they can feel the effects for up to 12 hrs while still being able to function normally throughout the day. Those who take very high doses could potentially feel symptoms from Adderall for 24+ hours after their last dose.
How should I administer Adderall?
Adderall is normally taken orally via a tablet, capsule, or pill. A crushed version of the drug can be snorted but since it has an “unpleasant taste” and may “burn” some users find that they don’t prefer to take it this way. If you do decide to crush your tablets and snort them, make sure not to use any kind of powder with sugar (e.g., baby formula) because this will cause you to feel sick and/or vomit.
Can I combine Adderall with other drugs?
Combining Adderall with other substances can increase the risk of side effects occurring and/or having a negative effect on one’s health. One should avoid combining this drug with MAO inhibitors (e.g., selegiline) because it could lead to serotonin syndrome. Also, taking Adderall with alcohol may result in unpleasant side effects such as anxiety, heart palpitations, nausea or vomiting so try not to mix them together if you can avoid it. Using stimulants like Adderall with certain benzodiazepines (e.g., Lorazepam) can produce significant cardiovascular adverse effects. While you should consult your doctor before mixing any drugs, here are some common examples of other drugs that people take with Adderall to reduce or prevent some of the negative side effects.
- Caffeine (for fatigue)
- Modafinil (for excessive sleepiness)
- Dextroamphetamine (as a booster for Adderall, especially among those who have low blood pressure and/or panic attacks).
Taking too many amphetamines doesn’t usually result in serious health problems but it can have dangerous consequences depending on how much is taken. It’s very important that you take as little as possible to be as safe as possible. Try not to compare your dosage with other people because everyone experiences this drug differently based on their bi, metabolism, environment and life situation that can change from day to day.
Product reviews for Adderall:
- Sam Mangubat (July 1, 2021): I have been prescribed Adderall for years now to help with the symptoms of my ADHD since I was a little kid. I can finally say that taking this drug has changed my life and allowed me to live normally, at least in terms of what it’s like for others without ADHD. The negative side effects aren’t too bad if you start low and increase your dosage gradually until you find what works best for you. At least in the beginning when things are still new and unknown, starting off with an extremely high dose just to “get things going” may cause more problems than benefits. However, depending on how well your body responds to amphetamines, your doctor may recommend anywhere from 10 mg-30mg per day… sometimes even more. I’ve been on 30mg for a few years now and it seems to work well but the effects do wane after around 8 hours or so which is when I’ll take another pill if it’s going to be a busy day.
- Bruce Snider (April 4, 2021): Adderall has helped me more than any other medication has and while some people may think that this is an “unfair advantage,” they should know that without this medicine I would not be able to function in life like most people can. It does have some side effects but even then, these are mild compared to many other ADHD medications such as Ritalin and Vyvanse. The half-life of it is around 10 hours so I usually take a pill in the morning and another one after lunch or around 2pm. The only downside is that this medication can be somewhat expensive if you don’t have insurance but fortunately, there are many generic forms available which cost less. In conclusion, I highly recommend taking Adderall because it helped me change my life for the better.
- Jayson Cruz (April 24, 2021): This has helped improve my grades in college tremendously and it allows me to be more efficient every day. I usually take a pill in the morning after breakfast and sometimes another one before lunch if I have lots of work to do. It helps keep me focused but this may not always be the case since everyone responds differently… although I’ve noticed that even when I don’t feel like it’s working very well, it still does somewhat so I’m assuming this is common among others as well.
- Andrea Hardin (April 5, 2021): I’ve been taking Adderall for about a year now and I must say I’m very happy with the results so far. The only side effect that bothers me is dry mouth, which makes it hard to talk sometimes but I can always fix this by drinking lots of water throughout the day.
- Kersti Waara (April 7, 2021): My son has ADHD, and we tried many different medications before settling on Adderall. It helped him to focus and get his work done without complaining or arguing all day long. Although there are some potential risks involved, it seems safe when used responsibly… just make sure you don’t mix it with alcohol, nicotine or any other drugs because things could go really fast if you do.
- Christopher Jessen (June 30, 2021): I took Adderall when I was in high school but unfortunately it made me feel very irritable, jumpy, and anxious. It seemed like this medication worked for many other people who I knew were also on it but not for me. However, if you’re able to tolerate the negative side effects then perhaps taking Adderall will benefit you as well although your body may respond differently compared to others who are prescribed this medication.
- George Kelly (May 25, 2021): Adderall has been a real-life changer for me, and I feel very fortunate to have found this medication. Before taking it, I struggled with my attention span and would procrastinate on simple tasks… This caused problems at home because my wife was always nagging me to mow the lawn or attend to some other chores but now, I’ve learned how to be more responsible and get things done on time which makes everyone happier.
- Lance Holliday (May 28, 2021): I’ve heard lots of good things about using this drug for ADHD so when my doctor told me that it could help me focus on what’s important in life then I knew right that this would be something worth trying. After a few weeks of taking it, I felt a moderate improvement, but the real difference was noticed after about a year.
- Danny Woods (August 25, 2021): Adderall has been great for me and doesn’t just help with my ADHD. It also helps me to remain focused on whatever task at hand because it makes me feel like I’m living in the moment which is something that most people don’t experience these days!
- Sylvester Madison (June 9, 2021): Adderall has been a life-changing substance for me, especially since it’s approved for children and adults with ADHD. I’ve always found it difficult to focus on my schoolwork and other activities until I started taking this drug. Now, at home and at work, my life is much simpler. Thank you so much for making Adderall available!
FAQs about Adderall:
Is Adderall safe to use?
Adderall is considered relatively safe when used as directed. However, the potential for addiction and abuse makes it unsuitable for some individuals including those with high blood pressure or heart problems. It’s also not recommended for people taking monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOI). Individuals on Adderall should avoid using alcohol, nicotine, and other drugs because this might increase the risk of side effects.
What happens if you miss a dose of Adderall?
If you miss a dose of Adderall, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. However, if it is close to your next scheduled dose then take the missed pill and resume your regular dosing schedule. Don’t double up on doses or increase the frequency of use because this might increase the risk of side effects including addiction and abuse.
What does Adderall do?
Adderall helps individuals to focus better on whatever they are doing because it’s designed to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in adults and children 6 years or older. It works by balancing chemicals in the brain which can improve attention span, learning abilities, concentration levels etc. If you’re prescribed this drug for ADHD, then it’s best to take the lowest dose possible and only increase your dosage on the advice of a doctor.
Is Adderall safe in pregnancy?
Studies have shown that there are potential risks associated with taking Adderall during pregnancy which include low birth weight, malformations in the baby’s heart, central nervous system problems and withdrawal symptoms after birth. However, it’s important to note that most studies of pregnancy outcomes have been conducted on animals and pregnant women should only use this drug if the benefits outweigh the potential risks of using it.
Does Adderall improve athletic performance?
Some people claim that taking Adderall gives them an edge in their sport or activity by improving their endurance levels. However, there’s no evidence that Adderall helps improve athletic performance compared to other stimulants. Individuals who are looking for an effective way to boost their sports performance might want to check out natural alternatives like beetroot juice or caffeine.
Will Adderall help me lose weight?
Adderall is a stimulant and because of this individual might think that it helps with weight loss. However, there’s currently no evidence to support this claim and taking Adderall can increase your appetite leading to an unhealthy lifestyle and increased levels of obesity. You’re better off using natural alternatives like green tea extract which will help you lose weight safely while improving overall health.
Is Adderall addictive?
Adderall is addictive when it’s abused. This can lead to cravings for Adderall which might result in the individual taking higher doses of the drug, so they feel good. Abuse can also lead to addiction. Individuals who are addicted to this drug will have problems stopping it even though they know that there are consequences involved with abusing the drug.
Is Adderall legal?
Yes, Adderall is legal when it’s used by people who have been diagnosed with ADHD or narcolepsy. Some individuals might be prescribed this drug without having an official medical diagnosis because doctors treat symptoms like chronic fatigue and other issues related to work or school performance. There are some countries where Adderall is illegal, but you should check with your doctor if you are unsure whether it’s legal in your country.
You won’t believe it’s effectiveness until you see it yourself!
Adderall is a stimulant that’s prescribed to treat ADHD in adults and children. It has been used for many decades to help people focus better on whatever they are doing. Lately, it’s been abused by some individuals who claim that it helps improve sports performance but there’s no evidence to support this claim. Regardless of whether Adderall improves athletic performance, the drug should never be used without a prescription because it’s addictive and could lead to other serious health issues!