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What is Adderall Abuse and its Effects On Health?

Sep 7, 2017 | QA, Wellness

Adderall is classed as a Schedule II drug under the Controlled Substances Act. Can adderall be abused? Yes, it can be. It is a stimulant medication which has a high potential for abuse and can lead to addiction.

Adderall Abuse

What is adderall used for? It’s used for performance enhancement, and people can find themselves becoming dependent on it pretty quickly. This is because the amphetamines found in the drug interact with receptors in the brain and change the chemical composition of the central nervous system to the extent that the body becomes dependent. The physical need for adderall is what drives people to take more of the drug to continue to function normally. As prescriptions for adderall rise, so may its potential for nonmedical use, which increases its health risks too.

Adderall is specifically used to treat ADHD. The primary way in which it is abused includes people taking the drug without a prescription. Adderall has a calming effect on ADHD patients. But for those who don’t suffer from ADHD, it works as a stimulant and will make you stay super focused, and feel like you can get a lot done without the need for food or sleep.

Adderall is abused as a “smart drug” across college campuses. It is used to combat the pressures of higher education in an attempt to stay awake and focus for longer periods of time, thereby enabling students to potentially get more done.

Adderall Abuse Side Effects

Stimulants like Adderall raise body temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure, and repeated use or abuse, particularly in high doses, can create a range of medical issues from stroke to seizure to heart attack. Adderall can cause damage to the heart and cardiovascular system when used for a prolonged period of time, especially when used in excess. The most common ADHD medication cardiovascular problems reported are hypertension (high blood pressure) and tachycardia (irregular heart rate). Sudden cardiac death may also be a potential side effect of adderall. When you abuse adderall, you run the risk of suffering other adverse side effects, such as:

  • Damage to nasal cavities
  • Fatigue/and insomnia
  • Hostility
  • Loss of appetite
  • Psychosis
  • Weight gain or loss
  • Withdrawal

Signs Of Adderall Abuse

Some common signs of adderall abuse include:

  • Buying adderall through illegal means
  • Chewing adderall
  • Increasing doses
  • Needing to refill prescription more often
  • Self-medication
  • Snorting adderall
  • Using Adderall to cram for an exam or study
  • Using regardless of no ADHD diagnosis


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