Understanding Adderall Effects: Why Adderall Effects Can Be Dangerous
Adderall has been licensed as a treatment for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in both children and adults. It is also used in the treatment of narcolepsy. It is sometimes prescribed as an off-label treatment for people suffering from obesity or depression. Adderall is a combination of the stimulants amphetamine and dextroamphetamine. Common Adderall effects include weight loss, insomnia, and headaches.
What Is ADHD?
ADHD is not just an issue that affects children and teenagers, it can also be a problem adults deal with. People dealing with ADHD find it difficult to concentrate and control his or her behavior. The child is unable to sit still in a classroom setting. It is recommended that a child exhibit the symptoms of ADHD before seven years of age in order to be diagnosed with ADHD. The symptoms that are exhibited by the child must be disruptive and interfere with his or her activities in school before a diagnosis of ADHD will be given. Adult patients must be having difficulties at work and in their social life due to the symptoms. Adderall effects include a feeling of calmness for people with this diagnosis.
What Is Narcolepsy?
A person suffering from narcolepsy can fall asleep at any time. They often fall asleep without any warning, and it can happen several times a day. Individuals with narcolepsy may have hallucinations when going to sleep. They may also appear paralyzed. When prescribing Adderall for a narcolepsy, the physician will prescribe a higher dose than normal due to the stimulating effect. Brain stimulation reduces the number of narcolepsy episodes. Narcolepsy interferes with a person’s ability to work at many jobs, but Adderall can make it possible to work at jobs where safety is not an issue.
Off-label uses include treatment for depression and weight loss. People do lose weight when using Adderall for ADHD, and some medical professionals prescribe it to patients under their supervision. Adderall abuse can occur with people trying to lose weight.
Side Effects of Adderall
Although some side effects of Adderall are minor, such as headaches, insomnia, and weight loss, there are also some serious side effects that should receive immediate care from a doctor. These serious side effects include hallucinations, seizures, bladder pain, bloody urine, frequent urination, irregular heartbeat, and chest pain. Adderall abuse is a major problem and extremely dangerous. Taking higher than prescribed doses results in an irregular heartbeat, seizures, extremely high body temperatures, and possible cardiovascular failure. It is especially dangerous if the user also takes an over-the-counter cold medicine containing a decongestant, which causes dangerously high blood pressure and irregular heart rhythms.
Adderall Abuse and Its Effects
Adderall abuse can cause the user to overdose and require immediate medical attention. If you experience or see the following symptoms in a family member using Adderall, call 911 or take them to the hospital emergency room. The signs of an Adderall abuse can include:
- Extreme hyperactivity
- Rapid breathing
- Aggressive behavior
When individual abuses Adderall gives the user a high and a feeling of energy and invigoration. The euphoric feeling it creates is one of the reasons it has become popular as a recreational drug. When the initial “good” feelings wear off, the user is left with unpleasant Adderall effects including depression, lethargy, irritability, loss of focus, and extreme fatigue. In other countries that allow Adderall to be legally prescribed, many have strong restrictions on its use with children, and some countries ban it for any use. Adderall abuse occurs when the user does any of the following activities:
- Take a dose higher than prescribed by the doctor
- Snorting the medicine
- Taking it for any reason other than the one for which it was prescribed
- Taking another person’s Adderall
- Using it more frequently than prescribed
- Illegally purchasing the drug
If you or a family member have been abusing Adderall, get help before your health suffers dramatically. WhiteSands Treatment offers help to individuals and families dealing with an addiction to Adderall.
If you or a loved one needs help with abuse and/or treatment, please call the WhiteSands Treatment at (877) 855-3470. Our addiction specialists can assess your recovery needs and help you get the addiction treatment that provides the best chance for your long-term recovery.