Adderall is a pharmaceutical drug typically prescribed for patients who present with symptoms of ADD, or Attention Deficit Disorder. It is also prescribed for the treatment of moderate to severe depression and narcolepsy. Adderall is a stimulant that works well for many patients, but can also be highly addictive. It has street value and can usually be obtained easily without a prescription, and has a high potential for abuse.
What it Does
Studies have shown that Adderall has a high success rate when used correctly and prescribed by a doctor. Those taking the drug need to be closely monitored and re-evaluated frequently by their physician in order to stay safe. This prescription drug is often abused because its a stimulant that contains amphetamine, which helps to increase a person’s alertness, focus and their energy. It is often used by students as a “study drug”, as it helps to increase alertness and focus, and keeps a student awake for hours to study and work. Continued Adderall addiction can have serious side effects, so it is important to understand the warning signs early.
There are many side effects that may or may not occur in those who take Adderall. This can include the following: disturbed sleep habits and trouble sleeping, stomach pains, decreased appetite, weight loss, dry mouth, increased depression and anxiety. Drugs.com has extensive information on the most common side effects for all patients who are prescribed the medication.
Rare Side Effects
Addiction to Adderall can be extremely dangerous, leading to cardiovascular failure and other severe medical problems. These can include: irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, feelings of paranoia, and feelings of hostility. Symptoms that need immediate medical attention are: seizures, confusion, rapid breathing, uncontrollable shaking, hallucinations, vomiting, swelling in the hands, feet or fingertips, and severe dehydration.
Signs of Abuse
There are signs that can be looked for in someone who is taking the drug Adderall, either with or without a prescription. Increased tolerance to the drug is common, leading to an increase in usage to achieve the same effect as before. Snorting the drug for a quicker fix may be a sign of abuse. Dependence on the drug every day in order to cope with everyday life is another sign that the drug is being misused, as is making getting the drug a top priority. Resorting to thievery or other illegal ways to get the drug are also signs of abuse.
Addiction to Adderall is serious, and healthcare professionals agree that it should be treated like a cocaine or methamphetamine addiction. Rehabilitation centers and support groups can help a patient who is trying to get off of the drug, and anti-depressants may help someone who is withdrawing from continual use. Never attempt to withdraw from an Adderall addiction on your own- the advice of a trained medical professional should always be sought.