Adderall is a prescription stimulant used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in both adults and children. It contains dextroamphetamine and increases blood pressure and heart rate by constricting blood vessels. Like other amphetamines, Adderall is highly addictive.
Short-Term and Long-Term Adderall Side Effects
There are many side effects associated with Adderall use. Some immediate side effects of Adderall use include the following:
- Fast or pounding heartbeat
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
- Excessive tiredness
- Slow or difficult speech
- Dizziness or faintness
- Weakness or numbness of an arm or leg
Adderall inhibits growth in children and leads to serious developmental delays. It may also cause sudden death in children and teenagers with serious or previously undetected heart problems and cause sudden death, heart attacks or strokes in adults. Long-term use can result in the following:
- Violent or aggressive behavior
- Paranoia, hallucinations, psychosis
- Increased body temperature
- Irregular or faster heartbeat
- High blood pressure
- Heart problems
Adderall Abuse and Addiction
Millions of children are diagnosed with ADHD each year. Despite the possibility of serious and life-threatening side effects, Adderall continues to be the drug of choice to treat this condition. The risk of addiction to Adderall increases with extended use, and, as children age, they may be tempted to take their prescription beyond the recommended dosage to increase study capacity or for recreational purposes.
No one takes Adderall with the intention of becoming addicted. However, the benefits of Adderall often cause serious side to be overlooked. Individuals take Adderall for the following reasons:
- Increased concentration
- Increased motivation
- As a study aid
- As a party drug
- Weight loss
- In conjunction with cocaine
Before they are aware, people using Adderall need more and more of the substance in order to perform at the level they desire and cannot stop Adderall use without experiencing withdrawal symptoms. Professional drug treatment resources can provide around the clock monitoring and treatment for those suffering from Adderall addiction. These resources also offer ongoing support to ensure continued sobriety and success without Adderall.
Hope for Adderall Addiction
If you or a loved one struggle with Adderall abuse or addiction, please call our toll-free number. We are available 24 hours a day to provide you with the right recovery solutions. Please call now and get the help you deserve.