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Adderall Side Effects

What is Adderall, what are the Adderall side effects, and how do you spot them?

Adderall is a stimulant medication typically prescribed to individuals suffering from ADHD (attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder). People with this disorder consistently have a harder time paying attention than other people of similar age. These people are also more impulsive and hyper than other people in their age group. As with other prescription medications, they are routinely abused. College students, for example, have been known to take Adderall – without a prescription – so that they may stay up all night to study or to have more energy during classes. What they do not realize, however, is that Adderall side effects can be very dangerous. Call New Orleans Drug Treatment Centers today at (504) 267-1580 for more information.

Adderall side effects

In the short-term, Adderall may produce the following:

  • Opened-up breathing passages
  • Increased attention
  • Heightened energy and alertness
  • Heightened blood pressure
  • Increased heart rate
  • High blood sugar
  • Constricted blood vessels

When taken in high doses, Adderall side effects include seizures, irregular heartbeat, high body temperature, and heart failure.

Long-term use of Adderall may cause paranoia, heart issues, anger, and psychosis. In case you were not aware, Adderall (aside from being taken orally) can be snorted, injected and smoked. As such, there is a possibility and risk of hepatitis and HIV since people typically share needles. Drug addicts are not very discriminating when it comes to passing around or sharing a syringe. With this also comes the danger of contracting an infectious disease.

Slang for Adderall include:

  • Uppers
  • Bennies
  • Black Beauties
  • Speed
  • Hearts
  • LA Turnaround
  • Truck Drivers
  • Crosses

Adderall Withdrawal Side Effects

Withdrawal side effects of Adderall include:

  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Mood swings
  • Insomnia
  • Change in appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Depression

Among students in college (and high school), ADHD medications are the most dangerous (legal) drug. There is a serious problem on college campuses today because the students are abusing Adderall (and other ADHD medications) in huge numbers. Times are certainly changing. The issue, however, is that these kids have a very passive view on these substances and view them as harmless. It is common practice for kids to swap and share pills, so that they may pull an all-nighter (studying or partying) and, maybe, lose some weight. Side effects of drug abuse are of no concern in these cases.

Recently, deaths and emergency room visits for non-medical use of these medications has doubled. Some kids have created a business for themselves by selling their prescriptions (since they do not need them) and pocket the money. This has proven to be lucrative for some. This issue is rooted in over-prescribing by physicians and worried parents. Normal childhood behavior has been turned into a need for a drug to "calm them down" maybe just for the parents' benefit.

People must be educated and taught that Adderall is strictly for people suffering from a disorder and not for performance enhancing reasons. These drugs have serious consequences and this should also be taught to the younger generation.

A study conducted by the University of Maryland showed that after alcohol and marijuana, Adderall is the most accessible drug on campus. This day and age we fix problems with medication. Instead of letting our kids be a little hyper, we shove pills down their throat. Why then, is anyone surprised to know that college kids shove these pills down their own throats in order to perform well in school. It is already a stressful time, why not take a pill and make things easier on yourself?

The side effects of drug abuse can be potentially lethal. If you are suffering from addiction, please call us today for help. We can talk you through the process and get you ready for rehab, and, if needed, detox.

 

 

Sources:

https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/stimulant-adhd-medications-methylphenidate-amphetamines

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/allen-frances/why-are-so-many-college-a_b_8331958.html

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