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The short answer is yes.  However, getting addicted to Adderall isn’t necessarily a guarantee for everyone who takes it.  Doctors typically prescribe the lowest dose possible to achieve the desired outcome, so if this is the case then risk for dependency is reduced.  There are, however, risks for taking the medication in doses higher than what’s recommended.

What is Adderall Prescribed For?

Adderall is prescribed for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) as well as Narcolepsy.  It is made of a combination of Amphetamine and Dextroamphetamine, which are both central nervous system stimulants.  The use of Adderall for someone with ADHD or Narcolepsy can help with focus/paying attention as well as to control behavior.  For someone diagnosed with either of these disorders, Adderall is often prescribed to help manage the symptoms of the disorders and can be effective.

Adderall Abuse

While some people are prescribed and can benefit from Adderall, many people often abuse the medication in order to experience the effects of the active ingredient amphetamine.  When using amphetamines, a person can expect to experience excessive energy and focus.  However, abuse of this medication can bring side effects such as:

  • restlessness
  • insomnia
  • increased heart rate
  • dizziness
  • seizures
  • panic attacks
  • high blood pressure
  • paranoia
  • suicidal thoughts
  • depression

It is also possible to overdose on Adderall, whether prescribed or not prescribed.  By using Adderall more than what is prescribed or more often than prescribed, one runs the risk of an overdose.  Signs of an Adderall overdose could be:

  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • tremors
  • fever
  • rapid heart rate
  • fainting
  • chest pain
  • seizures
  • heart attack

Obviously, the risks of abusing or overdosing on Adderall can be very severe or life-threatening.  If prescribed Adderall, it is imperative to follow doctor recommendations on dosage and schedule.  If you are concerned about Adderall abuse or overdose symptoms, contact en emergency medical provider right away.

Withdrawal Symptoms

If someone abruptly stops using Adderall, they may experience some withdrawal symptoms.  Some of these symptoms may include:

  • depression
  • difficulty sleeping or insomnia
  • fatigue
  • nausea
  • stomach aches/cramping

If you or someone you know are experiencing Adderall withdrawal, it is important to contact an addiction specialist right away in order to seek professional help in the detox process.

If you are wondering whether yourself or someone else has developed an addiction to Adderall, it’s important to seek the help from a professional.  If you’re questioning whether or not Adderall is right for you, it’s crucial to do your research. Adderall isn’t for everyone, and should be avoided by those with previous addiction issues, persons with anxiety disorders, health concerns, or anyone on certain medications.  Stimulants like Adderall can cause sudden death in those that have congenital heart defects or other heart problems, which makes it really important to alert your physician if you have any of these conditions before considering Adderall.

If you’re concerned about the risks of Adderall or it’s addictive properties, talk to your physician about other options that may be safer for you.