Adderall has been prescribed to millions suffering from Attention Deficit Hyper Activity Disorder. In recent years, Adderall has become a common drug of abuse. How safe is Adderall for children and adults?
While Amphetamine drugs have long been used for various treatments, the Adderall brand of Amphetamines was available to the public in 1996. The original Adderall medication was an instant-release tablet by the same compound as the once-popular diet drug, Obetrol.
In 2001, Shire Pharmaceuticals introduced an extended release version of Adderall, which they named Adderall XR.
The active ingredients in Adderall and Adderall XR are dextroamphetamine and racemic DL-amphetamine salts. Amphetamines work by binding to the monoamine transporters and increasing levels of endorphins such as serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine.
Adderall is typically used primarily to treat Attention Deficit Hyper Activity Disorder. In the United States, it is only approved to treat ADHD and narcolepsy. Studies also show that Adderall proves a successful treatment for Idiopathic Central Nervous System Hypersomnia – a rare sleep disorder, drug-induced brain dysfunction, epilepsy, depression, and senile apathetic behavior.
Being made of a strong Amphetamine base, Adderall and Adderall XR offer a wide array of frightening and unpleasant side effects.
In children, common side effects include: decreased appetite, insomnia, difficulty falling asleep, stomach and head pain, emotional instability, premature onset of puberty, and even kidney failure.
Common side effects in adults include: stomach pain, dry mouth, loss of appetite, insomnia, difficulty falling asleep, weight loss, extreme irritability, extreme mood swings, unpleasant taste in mouth, depression, muscle and joint pain, and severe headaches.
Side effects and symptoms of Adderall overdose include: seizure, high blood pressure, tachycardia – abnormal heart beat, swelling and numbness in hands, feet and ankles, extreme and uncontrollable hyper activity, hallucinations, delusional thinking, heavy sweating, vomiting, lower abdominal pain, severe dehydration, and joint and muscle pain.
Most people believe that common ADHD drugs like Adderall are relatively safe and have no addictive qualities. Chances are, those folks have no idea that Adderall is made entirely of the strongest, most pure, and man-made Amphetamine.
Physicians believe that physical and psychological addiction to Adderall can begin after as little as one or two weeks of use, even those following their prescriber’s dosing instructions are at extreme risk.
Withdrawal from Amphetamine drugs such as Adderall can be very dangerous. Those wishing to stop their intake of Adderall should seek medical advice before changing their daily dosing habits. A medically supervised “taper” (a “taper plan” is the commitment to gradually reducing the daily intake of a drug over the course of several weeks or even months, depending on history of use) is the recommended route for anyone wishing to stop their use of Adderall or any other narcotic.
Withdrawal symptoms of Adderall and Adderall XR include: panic attacks, seizure, extreme tiredness and fatigue, heavy sweating, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, nervousness, anxiety, paranoia, intense appetite, mood swings, depression, and thoughts of suicide.
Some individuals may become dependent and addicted to Adderall after prolonged use of their prescriptions. Others may seek out Adderall for recreational use and become addicted. ADHD medications are commonly abused among users of Methamphetamine and Cocaine, as these medications are a more reliable and cleaner means of obtaining their “speedy” high. Users and dealers will often “doctor shop” – visit several physicians until one agrees to prescribe their desired drug of choice, or even suggest that their family member or child suffers from ADHA in order to obtain a prescription.
Now that you have learned all about Adderall and its dangerous effects and addictive qualities, is this the kind of drug that you would want your ADHD child, family member, friend, or yourself to take daily?