There Are Several Eye-Opening Negative Effects of Adderall.
Adderall is a life-saving drug that many people diagnosed with ADHD rely on to be able to be productive and function well in their day-to-day life. Because of its tremendous effect on people with ADHD, some see it as a performance-enhancing drug that they can use as a secret weapon to streamline their lives. Sadly, that misguided notion can lead many to overlook the many adverse effects of Adderall. In some cases, it even results in Adderall abuse!–more–>
What is Adderall?
Adderall is the trade name of a stimulant medication containing a mixture of levoamphetamine and dextroamphetamine salts. It’s prescribed most frequently for patients with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and also those who suffer from narcolepsy, who greatly benefit from the effects of Adderall.
How Does It Work?
ADHD causes a lack of attention span that proves detrimental to a person’s academic, professional, social, and personal lives. Individuals with ADHD often have trouble concentrating on any subject for too long, usually disorganized, and struggle to complete tasks because of their inability to focus.
Adderall acts by releasing an increased amount of dopamine and norepinephrine in the brain. The change in brain chemistry results in wakefulness, clearer cognitive function, and greater attention span.
What Leads to Adderall Abuse?
People – often school-age or college students, but also anyone in a demanding field – associated the effects of Adderall on those with ADHD with a potential to see a similar effect on themselves. So, they begin using and subsequently abusing the medication in the hopes that it’ll make them smarter, enhance cognitive functions, and yield more success in school or at work.
Studies have debunked the myth that people who don’t have ADHD thrive on Adderall. In fact, science tells us quite the opposite. Adderall doesn’t improve learning or thinking capacity in individuals who don’t have ADHD and, what’s more, Adderall abuse leads to lower GPAs than if the person abusing it weren’t taking the medication at all.
5 Adverse Adderall Side Effects
There is a lot of misinformation about the effects of Adderall out there. It’s important to highlight that, despite all the good it can do, when taken irresponsibly, it can have serious side effects on the body.
- Increased blood pressure. Prolonged abuse can result in stroke.
- Increased heart rate. Prolonged abuse may cause severe cardiovascular damage.
- Decreased appetite. Some view this as one of the desirable Adderall side effects and abuse for the sole purpose of losing weight. This approach to weight loss is unhealthy and often results in malnutrition.
- Insomnia. If someone is abusing Adderall by taking it repeatedly to stay awake, they are at high risk for serious cognitive impairment. Prolonged abuse and lack of sleep can cause amphetamine-induced psychosis.
- Drug Dependence. At therapeutic doses, Adderall is considered safe. When someone begins abusing the drugs, especially if taken via different routes such as snorting, can cause the body to become dependent on Adderall. Once a person stops taking it, withdrawal symptoms can occur.
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.