What are the side effects of Adderall?
Adderall is the brand name of a prescription medication primarily used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children and adults. It is a combination of two powerful stimulant drugs, amphetamine and dextroamphetamine.
Adderall may help people with ADHD control their activities and increase their attention spans.
The drug may also prevent symptoms of narcolepsy, which include excessive sleepiness and sudden attacks of daytime sleepiness.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Adderall in 1960. It belongs to a class of drugs called central nervous system stimulants. The drug works by increasing levels of the brain chemical dopamine, which stimulates the brain. This stimulation has a calming and focusing effect on people with ADHD.
Adderall use has surged and sales of the medication have jumped in recent years. Some 16 million prescriptions for Adderall were written in 2012, which is three times the number written in 2008.
This increased use of Adderall has led to widespread abuse of the medication. Because Adderall increases dopamine levels, it can trigger a feeling of euphoria among people who don’t have a medical reason to take it. It has become a drug of choice among people trying to get high.
There are many negative and even dangerous side effects of Adderall use. Common Side Effects of Adderall include:
- Stomach ache
- Decreased appetite
- Trouble sleeping
- Dry mouth
- Weight loss
- Constipation or diarrhea
- Loss of interest in sex
Serious Side Effects of Adderall may include:
- Changes in vision
- Chest pain
- Trouble breathing
- Severe weakness or numbness
- Uncontrolled movements or voice sounds
- Hallucinations or delusions
- Aggressive behavior
- Uncontrollable behavior
- Severe skin rash
- Swelling of face, lips, or tongue
- Difficulty swallowing or talking
- Irregular heartbeat
People who suddenly stop taking Adderall may have withdrawal symptoms. Symptoms of Adderall withdrawal can include depression, insomnia or other sleep disorders, irritability, and extreme fatigue. You are at higher risk for Adderall addiction if you have abused drugs or alcohol in the past.
Symptoms of an Adderall overdose may include:
- Extreme restlessness
- Panic attack
- Rapid breathing
- Extreme fatigue
- Racing heart
- Loss of consciousness
If you or someone you love exhibits any of the symptoms of an overdose, call 911.
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